Hamilton, Ontario,

Counterfeit $100 Bill Doesn’t Fool Restaurant Employee

Two Hamilton females were arrested after they tried to pass a counterfeit $100.00 bill at a local restaurant. Hamilton Police would like to remind the community to examine any suspicious currency in order to protect themselves from fraudsters.

On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, shortly after 8:00 p.m., Hamilton Police received information about a fraud occurrence at a restaurant located in the area of Barton Street East and Frederick Avenue. Prior to police arrival, the two female suspects entered the restaurant, obtained a meal and left money believed to be counterfeit on the table, as payment prior to leaving. Staff recognized the fraudulent money and followed the suspects as they entered a taxi and left the scene. They continued to update police communications and a short time later the vehicle was located in the area of Dunsmure Road and Houghton Avenue North. The female occupants were identified and arrested. It was learned one of the females was in disguise while at the restaurant.

Further investigation revealed one suspect was bound by a court order and as such was transported to police custody. She appeared in court earlier today.

The second female was released and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, May 27, 2019, to answer to a criminal charge.


  • $100 bill, Canadian currency


  • Heather Urban, 27-years-of-age from Hamilton


  • Food and lodging fraud
  • Possess counterfeit money
  • Utter counterfeit money


  • Female 23-years-of-age from Hamilton


  • Food and lodging fraud

The following tips are being provided to help identify counterfeit bills:

  • Feel the bill. All Canadian and US currency is produced with raised ink on the shoulders of the portrait and elsewhere on the bill.
  • Look at the bill. The finish on a genuine bill does not scrape off and the colour does not run when it gets wet. The holographic strip is embedded in the bill, not added as a sticker, and does not peel off.
  • Tilt the bill from side to side. On polymer bills, the transparent window contains a metallic portrait that matches the larger one on the face of the bill and changes colour when tilted. The transparent window also contains small numbers that match the value of the bill.
  • On older bills, the holographic strip contains maple leaves that change colour when the bill is tilted. This strip also contains small numbers that match the value of the bill.
  • The dollar value is hidden in the frosted maple leaf in the corner.
  • If you suspect a bill is counterfeit, politely refuse to accept the note. Advise the person to check the note with their bank and inform police of a possible attempt to pass suspected counterfeit money. Call 911 if the transaction is in progress or 905-546-4925 to report bills you believe are counterfeit.