31-Year-Old Female Charged in Medicine Hat Counterfeit Currency Case

Medicine Hat, Alberta – On November 3, 2016, members of the Priority Street Crime Unit (PSCU) initiated an investigation of a female believed to be in possession of counterfeit currency.

PSCU members located and arrested a 31-year-old female in the downtown core who was subsequently in possession of several counterfeit $50.00 bills. It was determined that the female had previously uttered a counterfeit bill at a local restaurant, prior to arrest, which was also recovered by police.

Santana KESHANE, 31yrs old, of no fixed address has been charged with Making Counterfeit Money and Utter Counterfeit Money. Keshane is currently in custody awaiting a bail hearing.

Know Your Notes

Security features on Bank notes are helpful only if you use them. To fight counterfeiting, the Bank offers free training materials to help the public, businesses, and police agencies use the security features in genuine bank notes. If you know your notes, you’ll be able to detect a counterfeit at a glance and protect yourself from fraud.

What to do if you suspect that you have been offered a counterfeit note during a transaction: Assess the situation to ensure that you are not at risk. Then do the following:

  • Politely refuse the note and explain that you suspect that it may be counterfeit.
  • Ask for another note (and check it too).
  • Advise the person to check the note with the local police.
  • Inform your local police of a possible attempt to pass suspected counterfeit money.
  • Be courteous. Remember that the person in possession of the bill could be an innocent victim who does not realize that the note is suspicious.

What to do if you suspect that a note is counterfeit after a transaction:

  • Give it to the local police. If it’s real, you’ll get it back.
  • Either way, the police should be informed of possible counterfeiting activity in your community. Timely reporting helps police and prosecutors bring counterfeiters to justice.

Medicine Hat Police Service


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