Fake Notes Issue: Post Office to Act; FRAUD DETECTION MACHINES COME TOO LATE FOR ACCUSED CITY MAN
Byline: ben griffin
THE Post Office has altered the way it sells foreign currency after a Coventry man was put in jail accused of using forgeries.
Bob Ainsworth, Labour MP for Coventry North-east, said the business had reversed its position after Graham Nichols was locked up in Greece in October for using fake 200 euro notes.
Mr Nichols, 45, of Sledmere Close, Alderman's Green, vehemently denies knowing they were fake and said he bought the five notes over the counter at the Hertford Street Post Office, in Coventry city centre.
When he returned to England, the Post Office admitted reselling currency it had bought back over the counter without using machines to check for forgeries.
But now Post Office chief executive David Mills has told Mr Ainsworth that fraud detection machines will be installed in all branches selling foreign currency.
Mr Nichols is still facing prosecution in Greece, where he could face 10 years in jail.
He plans to return to Greece to fight the case but has no trial date.
In a letter to the Coventry MP, Mr Mills says the Post Office is greatly concerned by Mr Nichols' case. …