Woman used fake $50 at Maccas

A 25-YEAR-OLD woman has been caught using counterfeit money at McDonalds.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court, Taneesha Folkes appeared in the dock to plead guilty to several charges which related to dishonest behaviour.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick said Folkes used a fake $50 note to buy a meal at the fast food restaurant in Goodna on September 19, last year.

Sgt Dick said police officers in the area were called over by McDonalds staff to verify the authenticity of the note.

When the officer's examined the money, they noticed it was severely wrinkled and of a different shade of yellow than a genuine $50 note. The clear plastic window on the currency also appeared to have been glued on.

When police spoke to Folkes about the counterfeit cash, she appeared to be under the influence. She was arrested and taken to the watchhouse.

About two days later, Folkes was in trouble with the law again after she stole $16.50 worth of items from a Goodna bakery.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said Folkes was currently in jail for two fail to appear charges. He said his client had a "minor" criminal history.

Magistrate Deborah Vasta said there was a lot of counterfeit money which seemed to be in circulation.

"You had a bad example of counterfeit money - even the McDonalds staff was able to tell it was fake," Ms Vasta said.

Folkes was convicted and placed on a $400 good behaviour bond for 12 months. She was also put on probation order for 12 months and ordered to pay $16.50 in restitution.

 



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