Jailed for using “wrong colour” £20 notes at Fife store



A serial fraudster has been jailed for paying for goods at a Dunfermline superstore using fake £20 notes. 

Suspicion fell on Samuel Napier because the notes were the “wrong colour”, Dunfermline Sheriff Court was told. 

Napier, 36, of Queens Crescent, Airdrie, admitted that on 4th and 12th December 2017 at Asda St Leonards superstore, he passed as genuine £20 Bank of Scotland notes he knew were counterfeit. 

Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said that on the first occasion Napier went into the store at 5.20pm.  

He purchased a newspaper and a scratch-card from the cigarette kiosk and used a £20 note later found to be a fake. 

He repeated the offence eight days later going to the same kiosk at 4pm. “A member of staff was suspicious because the note appeared to be the wrong colour,” added the depute. 

CCTV video of both incidents was used to identify Napier. 

Defence solicitor Roshni Joshi conceded, “Little can be said in mitigation given his record. He says the notes were given to him in a transaction for a motor vehicle.” 

Sheriff Alastair Brown told Napier, “You ought to have learned by now it’s a bad idea to pass forged notes.” He jailed him for nine months.



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