A Father-of-eleven who tried to buy £2 worth of chocolates with a fake £50 note has been jailed.
Brian Ward, of Church Street, Oswaldtwistle, was caught trying to use the counterfeit note by staff at a Thornton’s chocolate store.
Burnley Crown Court heard how the 42-year-old fled the shop after the store supervisor tried to alert passing police officers and he was later arrested.
Ward, who has 30 convictions for 50 previous offences, pleaded guilty to committing fraud by false representation and was jailed for eight months.
Stephen Parker, prosecuting, said the incident happened at the shop in Burnley town centre on January 21 this year.
He told the court how Ward ‘selected goods to the value of £2’ and when he got to the counter handed over the £50 note.
Mr Parker said it was the store’s policy to inspect all £50 notes and when it was checked over by a supervisor was found to be a fake.
The court heard how, when challenged, Ward told staff ‘I’ve got something smaller’. He then fled when the female staff worker ‘tried to get the attention’ of two police officers walking past the store at around 3.30pm.
When interviewed by police Ward made no comment expect for the words ‘I’ve not done anything’, the court heard.
Mr Parker said Ward had committed a string of offences over the last 17 years and most recently was given a community order for damaging a taxi.
Patrick Buckley, defending, said: “In terms of the present order he is subject to, he is compliant which I do accept in some ways flies in the face of his previous behaviour.
“This is an isolated incident. He’s come about it (the fake note) however he has come about it and tried to use it. He’s engaged fully with the order he was given.There does seem to be good progress being made.”
However Judge Paul Camp said Ward ‘hasn’t really shown a desire to comply with non-custodial orders’ and said Ward missed an appointment with the probation service and was late arriving for the court hearing.
Sentencing, he said: “I have no doubt at all that you knew perfectly well that it was counterfeit from the way in which you behaved in the shop.
“Passing counterfeit notes undermines the economy and means whoever ended up with the note would have something that was worthless.”