Leeds counterfeit cash fraudster jailed

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A fraudster has been jailed after trying to exchange a bundle of fake £20 notes for Euros.

Shahed Nadat, 34, was sent to prison for 22 weeks after admitting carrying out the offence at the Money Shop, on Call Lane, in Leeds city centre.

Leeds Crown Court heard Nadat swaped a games console for the £380 of counterfeit cash before going to the financial services store on December 4 last year.

A member of staff immediately spotted that the cash was fake after he handed it over and asked to exchange it for Euros.

The court heard Nadat is a former manager of a branch of the Money Shop.

Police were contacted and Nadat, of Headfield view, Dewsbury was arrested and pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation.

The court heard the father-of-two was in breach of a suspended sentence imposed in December 2011 for another fraud offence. He received that conviction after he advertised an item for sale on eBay and failed to hand it over when the buyer sent him cash.

Jailing Nadat, judge Peter Hunt said: “I have come to the conclusion that only a custodial sentence can be justified now.

“It is not a large amount of cash that you had but it is serious offending because the legitimacy of bank notes is vital to the good order of any country - any society.

“If people do not trust the bank notes that are used to purchase goods we are in a very sorry state indeed.

“That is why the courts have said over many years that whoever people are in the chain of command, they must expect to go straight to prison.”

Kate Batty, mitigating, said Nadat had worked hard and done a good job until his offending began after his relationship with his partner came to an end.

She said: “It is a classic example of when you think you have got everything it can all come crashing down around you.

“He had a partner, two children and a mortgage and now that has all gone.”

Mrs Batty said the offences began after Nadat realised he was in financial trouble.

For six months after splitting up with his partner he had assumed their mortgage was still being paid out of their joint account.

He then discovered it hadn’t and payments had been missed.

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