Canterbury businesses advised to check cash after two women arrested for using counterfeit money

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Canterbury businesses are advised to check their cash. Photo credit: Getty

Two Christchurch women have been arrested as part of an ongoing counterfeit money investigation in Canterbury.

A 22-year-old has been charged with 20 counts of using counterfeit money, while a 29-year-old has been charged with six counts. 

The women were arrested on Wednesday following search warrants at two Christchurch properties.

Both women have been granted bail and will appear in Christchurch District Court on Tuesday 3 September.

Police advise businesses to be vigilant in checking cash - particularly $50 and $100 notes.

Detective Senior Sergeant Joel Syme says a good way to distinguish counterfeit money is its distinctive "paper feel". Legitimate bills are made of tear-resistant polymer. 

A fake note will also have irregularities in its clear window, which can be identified under careful examination.