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Counterfeiters sentenced following 'tenacious' police investigation

Three men have received jail sentences for their part in a multi-million pound counterfeit scam, reports.

Ben Shoebridge and George Willis of Walton on Thames were jailed alongside Richard Smart from Sheerness for conspiracy to supply counterfeit currency.They were arrested following a police operation which targeted the homes of fraud, drug and theft offence suspects.

Operation Borate saw the police seize £37,000 in counterfeit cash in a two week period and arrest the three men who were part of a ten-strong criminal group. The police also removed stolen property and drugs from the individuals' addresses.

The news serves as a valuable reminder to businesses about the ease in which fake cash can be circulated, thus operating a robust cash management policy, with regular staff education, is imperative.

Sentenced at Guildford Crown Court, Shoebridge received four years, Willis two years and ten months, while Smart was ordered to serve three years in prison. A fourth man is on bail while the investigation continues.

Speaking about the case to, investigating officer Detective Constable Chris Woolford of Surrey Police said: "This was a lengthy and complex investigation which led to a number of people being charged with supplying counterfeit currency.

"The tenacity of the investigating officers and the relentless pursuit of those we believed to be involved has resulted in substantial custodian sentences for these three men, demonstrating Surrey Police's dedication and commitment to pursuing evidence in order to bring offenders to justice."

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