The fake bills are a mixture of old and new currency. Crooks appear to have copied even the new 50,000-colon note. One turned up Friday in Guayabo de Bagaces.
Then Saturday some bad bills turned up in several bars, and police were notified. Officers in a patrol car located a vehicle in the vicinity of the sports plaza in Villarreal de Tamarindo.
A short time later they encountered the occupants of the vehicle in the community hall making a purchase with what was reported to be bad bills.
Upon searching one of the men, officers reported that they found a stash of fake bills hidden in the man’s underwear, In all there was 727,000 colons in fake bills, about $1,475, they said.
The Banco Central has details on the security features in the new bills on its Web site.