Pay­ing for dodgy bills

Copier not enough to fool cops

The Queensland Times - - COURT NEWS - ROSS IRBY ross.irby@qt.com.au

HIS dodgy $50 coun­ter­feit notes were enough of a worry, but they paled in com­par­i­son to the il­le­gal guns.

On pa­role af­ter be­ing sen­tenced by the Supreme Court to a three-year jail term for drug of­fences, Daniel Lee went be­fore Ip­swich Mag­is­trates Court this week to face more than a dozen charges re­lat­ing to drugs, weapons and coun­ter­feit cash.

Daniel James Lee, 28, from Red­bank Plains, pleaded guilty to of­fences in­clud­ing Com­mon­wealth of­fences that he made coun­ter­feit money; pos­sessed coun­ter­feit money and a coun­ter­feit­ing in­stru­ment.

He also pleaded to the un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of weapons; pos­ses­sion of drug uten­sils; three counts of fraud; pos­ses­sion of a knife in pub­lic; driv­ing when un­li­censed; pos­ses­sion of tainted prop­erty; ac­quir­ing re­stricted items; reg­is­tra­tion of­fences (false plates); and un­law­ful use of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

Pros­e­cu­tor Ricky Tsoi said Lee was sen­tenced by the Supreme Court in Bris­bane on March 27 for drug traf­fick­ing of­fences and sen­tenced to three years jail with im­me­di­ate re­lease to pa­role.

He said po­lice sought $957 resti­tu­tion for the un­law­ful use of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle on Septem­ber 19, 2017, and $1000 resti­tu­tion for a steal­ing in Fe­bru­ary 2, and $500 for frauds com­mit­ted in Oc­to­ber 2016.

Mag­is­trate Tracy Mos­sop heard Lee re­paid $1000 for a stolen lap­top and re­turned the com­puter to JB Hi-Fi.

De­fence lawyer Chris Trace said the coun­ter­feit­ing in­volved the use of a pho­to­copier to make $50 notes, and was not ‘so­phis­ti­cated’ of­fend­ing.

Ms Mos­sop or­dered Lee to pay to­tal com­pen­sa­tion of $1747, in ad­di­tion to the con­fis­ca­tion of weapons in­clud­ing a hunt­ing knife and hand gun.

“You had weapons in your pos­ses­sion. It is con­cern­ing,” Ms Mos­sop said.

Lee was sen­tenced to 10 months jail with im­me­di­ate re­lease on a $250 bond for the coun­ter­feit­ing charges.

He re­ceived lesser jail terms on the other of­fences, in­clud­ing two months jail for the pos­ses­sion of a club.

Photo: Ross Irby

BAD NOTE: Daniel Lee, 28, walks free from an Ip­swich court af­ter ad­mit­ting to pos­ses­sion of fake $50 notes.

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