Two Montreal men appeared in a Regina courtroom Friday after a bizarre claim landed them in trouble.
The men, who police say were involved in an alleged "white money" scam, are now facing several charges.
Police began investigating after the owner of a business in north Regina told them he had been approached by the men at his business last Wednesday and again on Thursday.
He told police the two initially offered to buy his business for cash and asked to meet with him Thursday to discuss the details.
"It is alleged the two males demonstrated how they could take what looked like plain white paper, which they claimed had been altered to conceal it, and turn it back into real currency," Regina Police said in a statement.
Police watched the men leave the business and stopped their car shortly after.
"Further investigation, including a search of the vehicle driven by the suspects and a search warrant executed on their hotel room, led to a total of 15 charges with more charges anticipated as the investigation continues," the statement said.
Fabrice Tchouta, 48, of Laval is charged with attempted fraud over $5,000 and several other charges including possession and use of forged documents, identity fraud, and a counterfeiting stamp.
Vincent Onana, 34, of Gatineau is charged with attempt fraud over $5,000 and breach of probation.