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A SYDNEY man has pleaded guilty to making $1 million in counterfeit $50 notes, boasting he forced the Reserve Bank of Australia to redesign the nation’s bank note currency.

Benjamin Gillette-Rothschild, 34, claimed the process was so easy he did it while kicking back in a comfortable leather office chair.

With no apparent formal training, he made fake cash so close to the real thing the RBA admitted that most members of the public wouldn’t be able to spot the difference.

He has been sentenced to an ­undisclosed sentence, with Judge Garry Neilson in the Downing Centre District Court imposing a suppression order on most details of the case until “certain future events have eventuated”.


One of these notes is the real deal, the other is 100 % fake. Scroll to the bottom of the article & see if you guessed correctly.

A set of agreed facts tendered in the case show Gillette-Rothschild pleaded guilty to eight charges relating to making counterfeit money and was sentenced on February 23. Exactly how he learnt as to making the fake notes cannot be ­devulged because of a court order.

An RBA spokesman did not ­respond to questions from The Sunday Telegraph about whether the design of any of Australia’s bank notes were changed in response to Gillette-Rothschild’s scheme….MORE HERE

Henry Sapiecha


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Troy Adam Love busted with $30,000 in counterfeit $50 notes sentenced to three months jail.

A MAN busted with up to $30,000 of counterfeit $50 notes has been sentenced to three months behind bars.

Troy Adam Love, 31, pleaded guilty in the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday to making and possessing counterfeit money, possessing a knife in a public place and unlawful possession of suspected stolen property.

The court heard Love produced the counterfeit cash with a printer and precision-cutting instruments at his home in Mermaid Waters between January and October last year.


Police were alerted when three counterfeit notes were used by a woman at the Civic Video Store in West End in September last year.

When police forensically examined the notes they found Love had come into contact with some of those seized.

They then intercepted a vehicle he was driving and conducted a search.

Officers found several hundred counterfeit notes — some cut to size and some still printed on a sheet of paper — inside a pillow case in a sports bag.

The court heard the haul had a face value of $20,000-30,000.

Also in the bag was a black flick knife, notebook computers, precision blade-cutting instruments, plastic A4-sized sheets with shapes the size of the $50 ­window on the note.

Police prosecutor Seargent Reece Foort said some of the notes were in early stages of manufacturing while others were “fairly close” to a real note.

Solicitor Jason Grant said only one of the notes was complete with a window.

“He had started to do it then realised the stupidity of it,” he said.

Mr Grant said Love had started hanging around with a new group of friends, who introduced him to smoking ice, before he produced the notes.
“At the time he was using a substantial quantity of drugs.”

Magistrate Paul Johnstone said a prison sentence was appropriate as the “community must protect its currency”.

“The trick and deceit in uttering counterfeit currency is immediately damaging and potentially dangerous,” he said.

Mr Johnstone sentenced Love to three months jail and issued him a $1000 fine

Henry Sapiecha

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Businesses targeted in $50 banknotes counterfeit currency scam


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One of the fake 50-dollar notes.

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Last month’s Western Derby not only brought the footy fans to Subiaco, but it seems it attracted criminals too, with local businesses reporting a surge in counterfeit 50 dollar notes passing over the counter.

Management at the Pure Bar said “lots of fake 50 dollar notes have been floating around” in the weeks since the big game, and described one particular forgery as “a cracker of a copy”.

“We are on the lookout, but when you’re dealing with high volume days, when we get lots of cash in the till, it’s very hard to keep on top of,” said Sheldon Hendry.

Henry Sapiecha