Kollam: Kerala TV serial actress Surya Sasikumar and her mother and sister have been arrested for printing counterfeit currency at their residence in the city to make up for the losses they had incurred, police said on Thursday.
Surya has been a popular TV artiste featuring in several serials aired by a number of Kerala-based TV channels.
Circle Inspector of Police VS Sunilkumar, who led the police probe team and arrested Surya and her family members on Wednesday, said they recovered an entire printing facility at their house. He added that two more accomplices were arrested on Thursday, taking the total number of arrests to eight.
All of the arrested persons were remanded to judicial custody on Thursday.
"We were able to recover about Rs 2 lakh in counterfeit notes... We have seized papers, printers and other materials used to print counterfeit notes. It was stocked at their residence to print notes worth Rs 5 million," said Sunilkumar.
He said they traced a team of professionals in Idukki, who were engaged in printing counterfeit currency, who led them to the actress and her family members. He said the entire group was functioning as a "well-knit team".
"The actress and her family have admitted that they were into this business of printing counterfeit notes since September last year," said the police officer.
The actress and her family had suffered a sudden loss in their business from unexpected quarters and were in trouble since, the officer said.
"We believe it was their chance meeting with a 'fake godman' who led the actress and her family into the racket of counterfeit currency business," said Sunilkumar.