By Constantinos Psillides
A 34-YEAR-OLD man from Guatemala was remanded on Friday for seven days in connection with an attempt to trade in counterfeit money, police said.
According to the police report, man approached a Greek Cypriot Larnaca resident in June and offered to duplicate a €50 bill for him. The Greek Cypriot accepted and they conducted the transaction.
According to the police report, the Greek Cypriot then made a deal with the 34-year-old to duplicate €7,000 he would give him in cash. Before setting up the meeting however, the Greek Cypriot called the police and reported the incident.
The two then met on August 27. The Greek Cypriot gave the Guatemalan €7,000, which he claimed that he couldn’t duplicate because it included €500 bills which were hard to counterfeit. Police said that the Guatemalan then tried to flee with the money but was stopped by his victim and handed over to the authorities.
Investigators are also looking for a Romanian man who drove the 34-year-old around, along with two other men described to be of African decent.
The investigation will also look into whether the Greek Cypriot should be prosecuted, a police source told the Cyprus Mail.
Police said that they will also be notifying Interpol to investigate on possible crimes the Guatemalan might have committed in his own country.