25 Feb 2014

Tahiti child found counterfeiting Pacific francs

12:37 pm on 25 February 2014

Reports from French Polynesia say the circulation of three fake 10,000 Pacific franc bills was traced back to a 12-year old boy.

Three fake bills, worth just over 300 US dollars, were discovered in shops in Taravao, prompting police to check closed circuit television footage to identify possible users of the money.

They detained several people, who professed their innocence, and after further checks of the recordings made on the same day, they summoned a boy with his parents.

Les Nouvelles de Tahiti reports that he confessed to having used a photocopier to produce three bills and mixing them in with valid ones to buy his father a watch as a present.