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Man escapes counterfeit- currency charge

Published:Saturday | March 31, 2012 | 12:00 AM

WESTERN BUREAU:A Montego Bay man escaped jail time for having counterfeit money in his possession, when he appeared before the court on Tuesday.

Alrick Thomas pleaded guilty with explanation to possession of counterfeit notes, driving without a driver's licence, and having no driver's insurance, when he appeared before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court.

The court was told that, during a recent police spot check at the Charles Gordon Market in Montego Bay, Thomas was found in possession of the fraudulent cash at a vendor's stall, and also that he was driving a motor vehicle despite having no driver's licence.

The amount and purported currency of the cash was not disclosed.

Thomas told Resident Magistrate Vivienne Harris that someone had given him the fake money, but he had not attempted to spend any of it.

After perusing the Forgery Act, Harris declared that, in order for a person to be charged under the act, intent to distribute the fake money has to be established. Consequently, the court withdrew the counterfeit- money charge against the accused.

Meanwhile, when asked why he was driving without a licence, Thomas said that he was simply going to the market.

"You can't drive on any road in Jamaica without a driver's licence, whether you're going to the market or anywhere. You didn't know that?" Harris scolded Thomas.

Thomas was ordered to pay $8,000 or spend 10 days in jail for having no driver's licence, and $2,000 or 10 days for having no insurance. He was also disqualified from driving or seeking a driver's licence for six months.