Spared jail: man who bought £1,400 of fake money as “drunken prank”

Spared jail: man who bought £1,400 of fake money as “drunken prank”

Spared jail: man who bought £1,400 of fake money as “drunken prank”

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A MAN who bought more than £1,400 of forged currency as a “drunken prank” has been spared jail.

Alexander Mills, of Richmond Park Road, Bournemouth, clubbed together with friends to spend £80 on the notes at nightspot The Winchester in Poole Hill, a court heard.

He then used one £20 at the Grosvenor Casino in Westover Road, where staff realised the note was counterfeit and called police.

At Bournemouth Crown Court on August 8, the 22-year-old – who admitted tendering a counterfeit note, custody of a counterfeit note and possession of a controlled drug of Class A – was handed a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years.

Mitigating, Leslie Smith said Mills had failed to realise the seriousness of the offence. “Regretfully, he was in the company of three friends and very drunk at The Winchester when an acquaintance offers them counterfeit notes for £80,” he said.

“It sadly leads to him making a foolish decision which Mr Mills is now paying for.”

He said the defendant hasn’t consumed alcohol or cocaine since his arrest following the offence in April this year.

Judge Oba Nsugbe said Mills had committed “serious offences”.

“The facts are that on April 10 you were found to be passing a counterfeit £20 note in payment for drinks,” he said. “Police were called and following a search of your home address, further notes were found – seven in all – and a quantity of drugs that I understand you paid something like £700 for.”

He added that Mills was “flirting with a long sentence of imprisonment”, and said: “When you place counterfeit money into the system, it has the effect of corrupting it. It is extremely difficult to trace and there are serious consequences for those in business.”

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6:15am Fri 22 Aug 14

BIGTONE says...

Giving £80 of your hard earned for a prank?
I don't think so.
He obviously likes a gamble and this one didn't pay off.
Giving £80 of your hard earned for a prank? I don't think so. He obviously likes a gamble and this one didn't pay off. BIGTONE
  • Score: 40

6:56am Fri 22 Aug 14

anotherfatslob says...

7 X £20 = £140


Staff at Echo = very bad journalists.
7 X £20 = £140 Staff at Echo = very bad journalists. anotherfatslob
  • Score: 14

6:59am Fri 22 Aug 14

retry69 says...

Fake money ,drugs he paid £700 for,somebody missing something here ?
Fake money ,drugs he paid £700 for,somebody missing something here ? retry69
  • Score: 12

7:19am Fri 22 Aug 14

user_name says...

That's the latest excuse then. Just a drunken prank. Makes a change frum the usual drug dependency , bad childhood story we usually get. They tried to pass the notes off. Clearly not a prank.
That's the latest excuse then. Just a drunken prank. Makes a change frum the usual drug dependency , bad childhood story we usually get. They tried to pass the notes off. Clearly not a prank. user_name
  • Score: 29

9:25am Fri 22 Aug 14

jpm2067 says...

Change that headline for goodness sake....it's wrong!!! He had been found with 7 forged notes.....where does '£1,400 in fake notes' come from?????
Change that headline for goodness sake....it's wrong!!! He had been found with 7 forged notes.....where does '£1,400 in fake notes' come from????? jpm2067
  • Score: 5

9:28am Fri 22 Aug 14

JemBmth says...

anotherfatslob wrote:
7 X £20 = £140


Staff at Echo = very bad journalists.
Well, it the local RAG.
[quote][p][bold]anotherfatslob[/bold] wrote: 7 X £20 = £140 Staff at Echo = very bad journalists.[/p][/quote]Well, it the local RAG. JemBmth
  • Score: 1

9:48am Fri 22 Aug 14

iseestupidpeople says...

anotherfatslob wrote:
7 X £20 = £140


Staff at Echo = very bad journalists.
You obviously missed the bit about the £700 spent on drugs? Silly fatslob. Mind you, it's amusing that a skant drug dealer now has £700 in fake notes! Karma!
[quote][p][bold]anotherfatslob[/bold] wrote: 7 X £20 = £140 Staff at Echo = very bad journalists.[/p][/quote]You obviously missed the bit about the £700 spent on drugs? Silly fatslob. Mind you, it's amusing that a skant drug dealer now has £700 in fake notes! Karma! iseestupidpeople
  • Score: -5

9:50am Fri 22 Aug 14

iseestupidpeople says...

jpm2067 wrote:
Change that headline for goodness sake....it's wrong!!! He had been found with 7 forged notes.....where does '£1,400 in fake notes' come from?????
D'oh, £700 on drugs plus others he's managed to get rid of without bring caught?........

Just another possibility you've obviously missed. Come on donut, think before you shout
[quote][p][bold]jpm2067[/bold] wrote: Change that headline for goodness sake....it's wrong!!! He had been found with 7 forged notes.....where does '£1,400 in fake notes' come from?????[/p][/quote]D'oh, £700 on drugs plus others he's managed to get rid of without bring caught?........ Just another possibility you've obviously missed. Come on donut, think before you shout iseestupidpeople
  • Score: -5

9:52am Fri 22 Aug 14

iseestupidpeople says...

jpm2067 wrote:
Change that headline for goodness sake....it's wrong!!! He had been found with 7 forged notes.....where does '£1,400 in fake notes' come from?????
Come on silly person, work it out before you shout and make yourself look daft. Just because he was only found with 7 doesn't mean that's all he bought! D'oh
[quote][p][bold]jpm2067[/bold] wrote: Change that headline for goodness sake....it's wrong!!! He had been found with 7 forged notes.....where does '£1,400 in fake notes' come from?????[/p][/quote]Come on silly person, work it out before you shout and make yourself look daft. Just because he was only found with 7 doesn't mean that's all he bought! D'oh iseestupidpeople
  • Score: -5

10:02am Fri 22 Aug 14

Sir Beachy-Head says...

Judge Oba Nsugbe said.......





??? Dear oh dear oh dear !!!!!
Judge Oba Nsugbe said....... ??? Dear oh dear oh dear !!!!! Sir Beachy-Head
  • Score: -10

10:55am Fri 22 Aug 14

user_name says...

I wonder how the dealer is going to feel when he realises he has been paid off with fake notes. Perhaps he hasn't got off so lightly as he thought.
I wonder how the dealer is going to feel when he realises he has been paid off with fake notes. Perhaps he hasn't got off so lightly as he thought. user_name
  • Score: 4

10:57am Fri 22 Aug 14

user_name says...

Sir Beachy-Head wrote:
Judge Oba Nsugbe said.......





??? Dear oh dear oh dear !!!!!
What's your point? Am I missing something or are you just being a bigot? Please correct me if I'm wrong and I will apologise.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy-Head[/bold] wrote: Judge Oba Nsugbe said....... ??? Dear oh dear oh dear !!!!![/p][/quote]What's your point? Am I missing something or are you just being a bigot? Please correct me if I'm wrong and I will apologise. user_name
  • Score: 2

11:02am Fri 22 Aug 14

jpm2067 says...

iseestupidpeople wrote:
jpm2067 wrote:
Change that headline for goodness sake....it's wrong!!! He had been found with 7 forged notes.....where does '£1,400 in fake notes' come from?????
Come on silly person, work it out before you shout and make yourself look daft. Just because he was only found with 7 doesn't mean that's all he bought! D'oh
If that was indeed the case that it was £1400 in fake notes then the journalist should include where the rest of the fake notes were spent.....that would have come out in the hearing....but no mention....so I stand by my original comment....Oh and the £700 worth of drugs? how can that be part of what was referred to fake notes...do yourself a favour and read what you write before hitting the post button...I imagine your name refers to a reflection in the mirror?
[quote][p][bold]iseestupidpeople[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jpm2067[/bold] wrote: Change that headline for goodness sake....it's wrong!!! He had been found with 7 forged notes.....where does '£1,400 in fake notes' come from?????[/p][/quote]Come on silly person, work it out before you shout and make yourself look daft. Just because he was only found with 7 doesn't mean that's all he bought! D'oh[/p][/quote]If that was indeed the case that it was £1400 in fake notes then the journalist should include where the rest of the fake notes were spent.....that would have come out in the hearing....but no mention....so I stand by my original comment....Oh and the £700 worth of drugs? how can that be part of what was referred to fake notes...do yourself a favour and read what you write before hitting the post button...I imagine your name refers to a reflection in the mirror? jpm2067
  • Score: 6

11:18am Fri 22 Aug 14

mattblackthehat says...

If he's paid for the coke with 700 quids worth of moody 20's I suspect prison will be the least of his worries
If he's paid for the coke with 700 quids worth of moody 20's I suspect prison will be the least of his worries mattblackthehat
  • Score: 5

11:42am Fri 22 Aug 14

Baysider says...

user_name wrote:
Sir Beachy-Head wrote:
Judge Oba Nsugbe said.......





??? Dear oh dear oh dear !!!!!
What's your point? Am I missing something or are you just being a bigot? Please correct me if I'm wrong and I will apologise.
No you're not wrong. He's a nasty little racist troll who hasn't been getting enough attention recently since he came back from his recent holiday from here.
[quote][p][bold]user_name[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy-Head[/bold] wrote: Judge Oba Nsugbe said....... ??? Dear oh dear oh dear !!!!![/p][/quote]What's your point? Am I missing something or are you just being a bigot? Please correct me if I'm wrong and I will apologise.[/p][/quote]No you're not wrong. He's a nasty little racist troll who hasn't been getting enough attention recently since he came back from his recent holiday from here. Baysider
  • Score: 8

12:11pm Fri 22 Aug 14

user_name says...

Baysider wrote:
user_name wrote:
Sir Beachy-Head wrote:
Judge Oba Nsugbe said.......





??? Dear oh dear oh dear !!!!!
What's your point? Am I missing something or are you just being a bigot? Please correct me if I'm wrong and I will apologise.
No you're not wrong. He's a nasty little racist troll who hasn't been getting enough attention recently since he came back from his recent holiday from here.
Yep. That's what I thought.
[quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]user_name[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy-Head[/bold] wrote: Judge Oba Nsugbe said....... ??? Dear oh dear oh dear !!!!![/p][/quote]What's your point? Am I missing something or are you just being a bigot? Please correct me if I'm wrong and I will apologise.[/p][/quote]No you're not wrong. He's a nasty little racist troll who hasn't been getting enough attention recently since he came back from his recent holiday from here.[/p][/quote]Yep. That's what I thought. user_name
  • Score: 2

1:36pm Fri 22 Aug 14

honestopinion84 says...

700 pounds worth of probably cocaine, a class a narcotic and fake notes and he gets a suspended sentence. Ive known people to get a lot more for a lot less. 100% a dirty little grass
700 pounds worth of probably cocaine, a class a narcotic and fake notes and he gets a suspended sentence. Ive known people to get a lot more for a lot less. 100% a dirty little grass honestopinion84
  • Score: 1

2:42pm Fri 22 Aug 14

rozmister says...

honestopinion84 wrote:
700 pounds worth of probably cocaine, a class a narcotic and fake notes and he gets a suspended sentence. Ive known people to get a lot more for a lot less. 100% a dirty little grass
There's no honour among thieves, if you don't want to be 'grassed' on don't commit crimes!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]honestopinion84[/bold] wrote: 700 pounds worth of probably cocaine, a class a narcotic and fake notes and he gets a suspended sentence. Ive known people to get a lot more for a lot less. 100% a dirty little grass[/p][/quote]There's no honour among thieves, if you don't want to be 'grassed' on don't commit crimes!!!!! rozmister
  • Score: 1

4:19pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Phixer says...

'Spared jail: man who bought £1,400 of fake money as “drunken prank”'

"He then used one £20 at the Grosvenor Casino in Westover Road, where staff realised the note was counterfeit and called police."

So, was it 'fake' or 'counterfeit' money? Monopoly uses fake money but you would be hard-pressed to buy anything with it. Counterfeit money is intended to look real and defraud people.
'Spared jail: man who bought £1,400 of fake money as “drunken prank”' "He then used one £20 at the Grosvenor Casino in Westover Road, where staff realised the note was counterfeit and called police." So, was it 'fake' or 'counterfeit' money? Monopoly uses fake money but you would be hard-pressed to buy anything with it. Counterfeit money is intended to look real and defraud people. Phixer
  • Score: -1

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