Three in court for using counterfeit cash in Chippenham
10:11am Monday 4th February 2013 in By Staff reporter
A gang of Londoners caught after spending counterfeit cash in Wiltshire shops have been released on bail by a judge.
Claire Gill, Valerie Gill, and Aurimas Radzius pleaded guilty to passing the funny money in Chippenham and Swindon last February.
The trio, from the east of the capital, had been due to face a trial accused of conspiracy to pass counterfeit currency along with a 16-year-old girl.
But after the Claire, 31, Valerie, 33, and Radzius, 26, pleaded guilty to a charge of delivering counterfeit currency with intent, prosecutors dropped the other charge.
As a result the pregnant teenager, who is due to give birth next week, was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Judge Douglas Field, sitting at Swindon crown court, adjourned the case to allow the probation service time to compile a pre-sentence report.
He released Valerie, of Isleworth, and Claire and Radzius, who live together at Hounslow, on bail to February 22.
The four were arrested in a car on The Bridge in Chippenham town centre after reports of counterfeit money being passed in stores.
It is alleged officers found £1,200 worth of fake £20 notes along with £420 in genuine currency in the door of the car.
The boot of the vehicle was also said to have been full of shopping bought from a number of stores in Chippenham and Swindon.
Fake money was found to have been passed at Poundland, The Works, and Robert Dyas, in Chippenham and Savers in Swindon.