Fraudster Michael Daley has been jailed – after he tried to spend a fake £50 note in a shop.
The 34-year-old handed the counterfeit Bank of Ireland £50 note to staff at a Next branch in Stoke-on-Trent earlier this year.
But the cashier immediately realised it was a forged note and the police were contacted.
And when Daley tried to walk off he was stopped and searched and the officer found more counterfeit notes.
Now Daley – who has 19 previous convictions for 46 offences, including a fraud by false representation in 2015 – has been jailed for 16 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Prosecutor Fiona Cortese said: “Staff immediately realised it was counterfeit and a PCSO entered the store. The defendant was pointed out. He said he did not know the note was fake, that it had just been given to him, and he tried to walk off. He was stopped and searched and two further £50 notes were found. Both had the same serial number.”
The notes were examined and found to be fake Bank of Ireland £50 notes.
The defendant was subject to a four-month suspended prison sentence which he had received in September for possessing a bladed article when he committed the latest offence.
Daley, from Greater Manchester, pleaded guilty to having custody or control of three counterfeit currency notes.
Stuart Muldoon, mitigating, said the defendant was with a friend who had handed him the notes.
Mr Muldoon said: “He does not stand by the fact that there was any coercion in this case. He was handed the notes. He took his chance.”
Judge David Fletcher sentenced Daley to 12 months in prison for possessing the counterfeit notes and activated the four-month suspended sentence to run consecutively. He ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the notes.