Child used to laun­der fake cash

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - LEA EMERY

A PAIR of Gold Coast ice ad­dicts used a laser printer and cel­lo­phane to “coun­ter­feit” $50 notes and then asked a sev­enyear-old boy, the son of one of them, to use the fake cash in the shops across the city.

Jes­sica Pa­tri­cia Ro­drigues, 28, and Jade Rod­ney Adams, 33, both pleaded guilty in the South­port Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day to mul­ti­ple charges in­clud­ing mak­ing coun­ter­feit money, pos­sess­ing coun­ter­feit money, forgery and ut­ter­ing.

Mag­is­trate Pamela Dowse sen­tenced them both to six months’ prison and al­lowed them im­me­di­ate pa­role re­lease.

“I am very cranky that she used her seven-year-old son,” Ms Dowse said.

“I am very con­cerned about leav­ing the chil­dren with her.”

Mum of two Ro­dridgues, a for­mer chef, spent 37 days in cus­tody in April and May and dur­ing that time her two chil­dren lived with her mother.

The court was told that in April this year Ro­drigues and Adams, both un­der the in­flu­ence of a strong ice ad­dic­tion, be­gan to print off fake $50 notes us­ing a laser printer.

In some of the notes they added a “win­dow” us­ing cel­lo­phane but most were merely made of printer pa­per.

“It was not so­phis­ti­cated I can say,” Ms Dowse said.

When caught the pair had about $2000 in fake cash in their posses­sion.

The pair tried to use the “cash” at a num­ber of dif­fer­ent shops across the Gold Coast, the court was told.

On at least one oc­ca­sion Ro­drigues’ seven-year-old son was asked to use the fake cash.

The “money” was twice ac­cepted, at Kmart and Stacks.

It is not the first time Ro­drigues has been caught with a fake doc­u­ment. In Jan­uary, she was placed on 12 months’ pro­ba­tion af­ter be­ing found driv­ing with a num­ber plate made from a lam­i­nated print out.

Her lawyer Sam Jack­son, of Bam­berry Lawyers, said she had since given up drugs and split up from her “toxic” re­la­tion­ship with Adams.

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