A CHILD was used to pass counterfeit £20 notes at shops in Rhyl.
A court heard how £200 in dodgy currency was seized by the police.
Wesley Williams, aged 26, of Rhuddlan Road in Rhyl, was jailed for eight months.
Co-defendant Maria Goddard, aged 27, a single mother of three, of Dyserth Road, in Rhyl, also received eight months but her sentence was suspended for a year because she was a young woman of no previous convictions with a young family to care for.
At Mold Crown Court, they admitted conspiring to pass counterfeit £20 notes as genuine in August of last year.
Judge Niclas Parry said that they had targeted four different businesses in Rhyl and were effectively seeking to undermine the economy of the country.
They had caused loss to the businesses that ended up with worthless notes. Such offences, he said, were far too common.
“They are easy to commit and difficult to detect,” he said.
“Both of you knew what you were doing.”
They had made a deliberate decision to pass the notes knowing that they were counterfeit.
Williams’ position was aggravated by previous convictions for robberies.
Goddard’s position was made worse by the fact that a child had been used to pass some of the notes.
The judge made an order that the seized counterfeit notes should be handed over to the Bank of England.
Prosecutor David Mainstone told how police were alerted when counterfeit notes were passed to different businesses in Rhyl.
When Williams was stopped on the M6 a further six counterfeit notes were found in the vehicle.
He said he did not know where they had come from – and suggested that they may have been given to him when he sold clothes at a car boot sale.
Simon Mintz, defending, said that Miss Goddard’s guilty plea, her good character and her family responsibilities meant that her sentence could be suspended.