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Counterfeit three released on bail

A judge has granted bail to a gang accused of spending counterfeit cash in Wiltshire, sportballa.com reports.

The jury at Swindon Crown Court heard east Londoners Claire Gill, Valerie Gill, Aurimas Radzius and a 16-year-old pregnant girl plead guilty to the charges of being in possession of and 'delivering counterfeit currency with intent'.

They had been using fake money in Chippenham and Swindon in February last year. The police received reports from a number of stores in both towns pertaining to the use of counterfeit money and the gang was finally arrested in their car.

The four accused were stopped in Chippenham town centre. According to gazetteandherald.co.uk, when the police searched the vehicle, they discovered a 'boot full of shopping' which had been 'purchased' from several high street stores.

Police officers also found a haul of fake twenty pound notes in the car door, totalling £1,200, along with £420 of genuine notes.

It's yet another stark reminder to those handling money or involved with cash processing to pay attention to the coins and notes they are passed. Large denominations ought to be checked for authenticity as a matter of course.

Judge Douglas Field adjourned the case with the three women on bail until 22 February; awaiting a pre-sentence report by the probation service.The 16-year-old, who is due to give birth next week, was cleared.

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