SBU deactivates interregional net of false coiners
SBU Department for counterintelligence protection of state interests in the sphere of economic security officials deactivated in Ternopil region an interregional criminal group, making specialty out of production and sale of foreign currency counterfeits in especially gross amounts.
The false coiners conducted letter-quality printing of 100 and 50 USD banknotes on an industrial scale with the usage of equipment of one of printing and publishing producers of the Western Ukraine.
SBU Office in Ternopil region operatives jointly with the Police and the Prosecutor’s Office detained two group organizers during production of another consignment of counterfeit cash.
The law-enforcers conducted 15 searches in residences and offices of dealers. The banknotes with signs of forgery and also numerous devices and production supplies for counterfeits producing were seized. In particular – cliché, transparent film with the pattern of banknotes, specially prepared paper with applied marking of notes trace, computer equipment, etc.
The machine-tools and equipment of printing and publishing producer, used by false coiners are arrested. According to experts preliminary estimates, it’s managed to avoid forgery and getting in the turnover of currency to over 6 million USD.
The criminal proceeding under Article 199 (making of counterfeit money) of the Criminal code of Ukraine is initiated.
The investigation is under way.
For the Attention of the SBU Head