Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Craft Project Ends in Counterfeit Cash Conviction

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Craft Project Ends in Counterfeit Cash Conviction

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A KINGS Beach woman who said she was making a money tree to donate to a charity organisation in the lead-up to Christmas last year has been convicted for producing counterfeit cash.

Helen Tracy Davies, 43, yesterday pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court to making fake $50 notes, as well as possessing the counterfeit cash and instruments used to make counterfeit currency in what Acting Magistrate Michael Bice labelled "quite an unusual case".

The Caloundra mum admitted to scanning $50 notes and printing replicas of different sizes on 15 sheets of A4 printing paper using a laptop and ink-jet printer.

Solicitor Alicia Thomas said Davies took on the craft project so the money tree could be used in raffles, and that the one-sided printouts were of "poor quality".

The printed sheets were found in a bin when police searched the home on an unrelated matter. They also found a laptop that was switched on and had a picture of a $50 note on the screen, an ink-jet printer, Stanley knives, a southern cross stencil and razors. …

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