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Fake money fraudster jailed

PUBLISHED: 20:14 23 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:53 03 March 2010

A FRAUDSTER who tried to buy beer using fake money in an Ipswich pub has been jailed.

Everton fan Barry Ward travelled to Ipswich in October > to watch the Premiership clash between his team and Ipswich Town.

A FRAUDSTER who tried to buy beer using fake money in an Ipswich pub has been jailed.

Everton fan Barry Ward travelled to Ipswich in October > to watch the Premiership clash between his team and Ipswich Town.

On the train to Ipswich the 24-year-old sold a ticket for the game to another fan. The court heard that the ticket was paid for with three counterfeit ten pound notes.

When Ward, of Paisley Avenue, Eastham went to the Station Hotel in Ipswich he realised that he had been paid in fake money and attempted to buy drinks with the notes.

However a barmaid recognised his scam and contacted the police.

At Ipswich Crown Court yesterday, Jude Durr, prosecuting, told the court that when Ward, was searched by an officer, the three fake notes were found.

He was arrested and charged with tendering counterfeit currency and having counterfeit currency with intent. He pleaded guilty to both charges.

Saqib Rauf, for Ward, said: "He was faced with a decision that he made very quickly and decided to pass it over as a genuine note.

"He saw himself as the victim of a scam. It was the most stupid decision of his life, he decided to spend the money so he wouldn't be at a loss."

Ward, who was of previous good character, was given six week prison terms for each offence, to run concurrently.

In sentencing, His Honour Brian Watling QC, said: "People who come into possession of counterfeit notes must do one thing and one thing only and that is to contact the police and cut their losses."

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