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David Gilmour once sang that money’s a crime, and a Vancouver Island man seems dead set on proving him right.

Nanaimo RCMP are asking the public to be especially vigilant while handling money after an influx of calls reporting the passing of counterfeit bills.

A male suspect has been reported passing $5, $10 and $50 bills in towns up and down Vancouver Island, according to RCMP, often to purchase lottery tickets at gas stations.

The suspect is described as 5 foot 9 inches, around 40 years old, and approximately 180 lbs, with brown hair and a receding hairline. He’s often spotted wearing black track pants, white shoes, and a black jacket as well as either a white or blue t-shirt.

He’s been seen driving a matte grey older Ford pick-up truck with a white canopy.

If you have any information or have spotted the male believed to be the suspect, you are asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at or call 1-800-222-8477.