Romanian counterfeit money dropped 32 pct last year to 4,765 pieces

Sorin Melenciuc 29/06/2018 | 17:29

The number of counterfeit Romanian currency has dropped by 32 percent last year compared to 2016, to 4,765 pieces, RON 100 bill being the main attraction of the forgers, central bank data show.

Of the total number of fake banknotes, 21 were captured by the police during some specific actions before being put into circulation and 4,744 counterfeits have been detected in circulation, 32 percent fewer than in 2016.

“The banknote with the highest number of counterfeits registered was RON 100, respectively 4,664 pieces (of which 19 pieces were captured by the police), followed by the RON 50 banknote (44 forgeries), the RON 10 (40 forgeries, of which a banknote captured by the police,” according to the 2017 annual report of the National Bank of Romania (BNR).

The number of counterfeit Romanian currency per 1 million genuine banknotes in circulation was 2017 3.2 pieces last year, compared to 5.2 pieces in 2016.

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