A 22-year-old man was detained in Germany and immediately charged with using counterfeit banknotes that he turned out to have purchased from Darkweb.
From a press release from the Kemten department, the police received complaints about payments with counterfeit €50 bills.
Business owners found these bills when trying to deposit funds into their bank accounts. As it turned out, the counterfeit funds had the same serial number and were of high quality.
The counterfeiter was detected after a seller in a local store discovered the counterfeit banknote and asked to pay with a bank card. The cashier later reported the incident to the police.
The investigation was launched almost immediately after the police identified the perpetrator with the card he used in the store.
The prosecutor’s office then obtained permission to search the home. The search resulted in the discovery of 22 counterfeit 50 EUR banknotes.