At the end of last week, the Sidi Bel Abbes police thwarted a criminal scheme that was organized from Morocco, in another attempt to strike the national economy, represented by offering for circulation in the national market counterfeit banknotes, on the eve of Eid al-Adha, estimated at 321 million centimes in the category of 2000 DZD.
Al-Hal’s case came after the exploitation of information that a criminal group was preparing to issue counterfeit banknotes at the level of the governorate of Sidi Bel Abbes. Investigations conducted by the State Department of the Judicial Police under the supervision of the competent prosecution, resulted in the identification of the main suspect, who was charged with producing and printing counterfeit currency, and arrested him in flagrante delicto at his residence, which he had turned into a secret workshop.
The investigation of the main suspect, who hails from Sidi Bel Abbes, revealed the details of the scheme pursued by this organized criminal network consisting of four people, led by the mastermind from Morocco. The latter sought the help of two (02) people from the city of Maghnia (Tlemcen), to smuggle paper and other materials used in counterfeiting banknotes. After that, it was handed over to the main suspect, who was assigned, in the first stage, to forge and print the currency and put it on the local market, especially at the level of livestock markets. Provided that the process be circulated in a second phase to the rest of the western states, this operation resulted in the arrest of 04 suspects, including a woman from the state of Sidi Bel Abbes.
Seizing and seizing counterfeit banknotes worth 321 million centimeters, in the category of 2000 DZD, seizing and seizing equipment and silver paper used in forgery and printing.
The suspects were brought before the Public Prosecutor at the Sidi Bel Abbes Court, on Sunday, in the case of forming an association of evil people to prepare for the felony of counterfeiting banknotes in order to put them into circulation, within an organized criminal entity that transcends borders.
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