Man jailed for using fake money in pub
A counterfeiter has been jailed after his dodgy £20 note was spotted by a barman at a pub called the Jolly Judge.
Clinton Hawker, aged 48, was caught with more than £1,500 in fake £20 notes after the bartender alerted police and they caught up with him as he tried the same trick elsewhere in Torbay.
Hawker was jailed after a jury at Exeter Crown Court rejected his claim that he found the money in an envelope on a park bench and did not realise it was forged.
The 48-year-old, of Castle Hill, Torquay, denied having counterfeit notes with intent to pass them off as genuine but was found guilty at a trial earlier this year.
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His flatmate and carer Richard Moreton, of the same address, admitted passing one forgery.
Hawker was jailed for 20 months by Judge Alistair McGrigor and Moreton was curfewed for 90 days and ordered to do 120 hours unpaid community work.
The judge told them: "You took these notes into a local pub and clearly knew what they were, and if not for the alertness of a barman, you may not have been caught with them.
"Taking into account the quantity and quality, these notes were capable of passing a cursory inspection and the use of counterfeits undermines the whole economy and can lead to a significant loss to individuals and businesses."
During the trial, the jury heard the pair shared a flat in Torquay and went to the Castle pub and Jolly Judge pubs where they bought five more rounds, of which Hawker paid for four and Moreton for one with forgeries.
The barman became suspicious and called the police, who arrested the pair as they walked the short distance home.
Hawker was found with £580 worth of forged £20s in his pocket and another £1,000 worth was found on the mantelpiece of the flat.
He told the jury he found the money in a park while walking his dog and did not realise it was forged, despite every note carrying the same serial number.
Moreton told police the notes belonged to Hawker, who had given him one of the notes to buy the final round of the night in the Jolly Judge.
Mr Martin Salloway, defending, said Hawker now has responsibilities of his own caring for his brother.
Mr Ben Darby, for Moreton, said he had been the junior partner and had acted under the direction of the older man.