Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

Troy GOULD – Counterfeit banknotes

Year: 
2018-2019
Category: 
Fraud
Location: 
Queensland

On 9 October 2018, Troy Stanley Gould pleaded guilty in the District Court at Brisbane to one count of attempting to utter counterfeit currency and two counts of possessing counterfeit currency. Gould was sentenced to a total effective sentence of 18 months imprisonment and ordered to be released immediately.

On 11 November 2016, Gould fuelled his vehicle with $50 of petrol and handed over a counterfeit $50 note to pay at the counter. The cashier immediately identified the note was counterfeit due to the colour and feel of it, and indicated to Gould that it was not genuine. Gould told the cashier he had got the note from an ATM. Police were later called to investigate the matter, where they viewed the CCTV footage.

On 21 November 2016, police pulled over a vehicle driven by Gould and searched the vehicle. Police located 15 counterfeit $50 notes in the center console and one counterfeit $50 note in Gould’s wallet. Gould told police he had recently sold a trailer and been paid with those notes, and he was going to hand them into police that day. He said he only realised they were counterfeit when he tried to use one at a petrol station a few weeks ago, which was the note in his wallet.

When the car was being readied for towing, Police noticed the font passenger electric window control was loose and detaching from the door. More counterfeit $50 notes were found inside the front passenger door. The car was searched again later that day under warrant where Police counted 290 counterfeit $50 notes inside the front passenger door.

An analysis of the 306 notes by the Reserve Bank determined the notes were counterfeit.

Charges

Troy Gould pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to utter counterfeit currency contrary to section 7(a) and 11.1 of the Crimes (Currency) Act 1981 (Cth), and two counts of possessing counterfeit currency contrary to section 9(1) (a) of the Crimes (Currency) Act 1981 (Cth).

Gould was convicted on all charges and sentenced to a total effective sentence of 18 months imprisonment to be released forthwith on a recognizance of $500 conditioned he be of good behaviour for 2 years. The Court further ordered that the 306 notes be condemned under section 29(5)(a) of the Crimes (Currency) Act 1981 (Cth).