Man jailed after purchase of goods in Main Street with counterfeit £100 notes

George Christian Slave, a 27year old Rumanian national arrested by officers of the RGP’s Economic Crime Unit in September of this year, has appeared before the Supreme Court and pleaded guilty to: 

One count of conspiracy to pass counterfeit notes as genuine

One count of possession of criminal property 

One count of possession of a control Class A drug, namely a preparation containing cocaine weighing approx. 2.6gms.

Slave was sentenced by the Chief Justice Anthony Dudley to 19 weeks’ imprisonment; 17 for passing counterfeit currency as genuine and 2 weeks for the possession of controlled drugs. No separate penalty was imposed for the possession of criminal property.

In total five local businesses located in the Main Street area had been targeted. Low value items had been purchased using counterfeit €100 notes and the change given was retained by Slave as proceeds of crime. At the time of his arrest Slave was found in possession of counterfeit banknotes valued at €2,100.

In his summing up the Chief Justice stated that there was evidence to show that Slave, along with his accomplices, took a significant role in a professional, premeditated and organised activity committed across borders for a financial gain.