Counterfeiting money

The Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981 makes it an offence to make counterfeit currency.

Section 14 of the Act states that:

  • It is an offence for a person to make a counterfeit of a currency note or of a protected coin, intending that he or another shall pass or tender it as genuine.
  • It is an offence for a person to make a counterfeit of a currency note or of a protected coin without lawful authority or excuse.

The section creates two separate offences; the first where there must be an intent to pass the counterfeit item off as being genuine and the second offence does not require an intent that the fake item of currency shall be passed as genuine.

For the latter offence it is defence if the maker of the item has a lawful excuse or authority for making the item. Where intent is required no actual passing of the counterfeit items need to actually occur.

Old Bailey Solicitors have represented clients prosecuted for the full range of fraud offences including counterfeiting and forgery.

Our expert criminal defence lawyers will represent you from the earliest stages of the investigation into your case and will ensure that you achieve the best outcome possible. Old Bailey Solicitors work with their excellent in-house team of criminal defence advocates or will instruct the countries leading criminal defence barristers.

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