The woman, identified by her initial as S, was named a suspect after some traders at the market questioned her for using fake banknotes to purchase goods.
"S has been named a suspect. We have charged her under article 245 of the Penal Code on the circulation of fake banknotes. (If found guilty), she could be sentenced to up to 15 years in jail," Chief of the Jatinegara Police Precinct Commissioner Darmo Suhartono stated here on Wednesday.
S was named a suspect based on the testimonies of witnesses and the suspect. S is being held in custody at the police precinct until her dossiers are handed over to the public prosecutor's office and she stands trial, he explained.
S confessed to receiving five pieces of fake Rp50 thousand banknotes from her friends, who are currently at large, Suhartono remarked.
"She obtained the money from her friends, who are currently on the wanted list," he stated.
S connected with her friends through the social media platform, Facebook. She had planned to use the fake banknotes to buy goods at the market, Suhartono noted.
"The change from the fake banknotes would be distributed among the three people," he stated.
The police are on the lookout for the two fugitives, who accompanied S, to circulate the fake banknotes in the market, she added.
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