A man who was once caught for counterfeiting currency in 2019 has struck again.
After two years he was caught counterfeiting money, he was caught again after he tried to purchase contraband cigarettes in 2021.
According to Straits Times, 28-year-old Muhammad Farhan Farus was sentenced to five years in jail to 1 charge of forging currency, 1 charge of using counterfeit notes, and 1 charge of possessing instruments to make counterfeit notes.
The man had a laptop and printer to do the illegal job but he had no way to do so, he confided in his friend and hatch a scheme take to use a warehouse space at Changi South Avenue 2 to do the job.
After printing the counterfeit notes, they proceeded to use 8 pieces of the $100 notes to buy lighters and other smoking apparatus.
However, the seller noticed that the notes were not real and Farhan escaped the scene.
The Police later found 185 pieces of the counterfeit notes.
According to the Monetary Authorities of Singapore:
“Singapore currency notes and coins have various advanced security features, including visually recognisable, machine-readable and covert features, to minimise the risk of counterfeiting. While the number of counterfeit Singapore currency is very low, the public is advised to be vigilant and to familiarise themselves with the key security features of genuine currency.”