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West Shore RCMP have arrested a 32 year old Langford woman after a lengthy investigation for production of counterfeit money.

Over $60,000 in Canadian and US currency in counterfeit bills were produced.

Police say that several communities were affected, including the West Shore as well as Sooke, Saanich and Victoria.

32-year old Deborah Lynne Thomas has been charged with nine counts of uttering, using or exporting counterfeit money.

She was taken into custody on Wednesday after officers searched her home on Red Alder Court and found fake Canadian and US currency. They also located the equipment used to make the counterfeit cash.

Thomas has been released on a recognizance and is set to appear in court on December 10th at the Western Communities Courthouse

West Shore RCMP are working  with the US Secret Service to confirm details involving the counterfeit US currency.

Our investigators have gathered sufficient evidence to lay these charges, said Cst. Alex Bérubé, spokesperson of the West Shore RCMP.

However, we believe that there may be more businesses who have fallen victim to these counterfeit bills and encourage them to come forward.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-222-TIPS.