Scales of justice
A Stratford man who used counterfeit $100 bills that were so poorly made they were the same on both sides was sentenced Friday to serve 90 days in jail.
Matthew James Daley, 25, appeared before Justice Wayne Cheverie in supreme court in Charlottetown for sentencing after he previously pleaded guilty to using a forged cheque and passing counterfeit bills.
The court heard that in October 2012, Daley used a cheque someone else had stolen, wrote it out to himself and cashed it at Cash Converters, which gave him $868.24.
On Dec. 8, 2012, Daley went to the Sobeys in Stratford where he bought tobacco and got change using a counterfeit $100 bill.
Daley used another counterfeit $100 bill on Dec. 10, 2012 at the Needs convenience store in Stratford.
Although he was successful in using the bills, the court heard they weren’t good replicas and Daley made them by using photocopied images he glued together.
The bills, which feature former prime minister Robert Borden, had his face on both sides of the bill instead of only one.
That detail led Cheverie to comment on the quality of the bills.
“Not only was Mr. Daley being a bad boy but he was passing bad stuff,” Cheverie said.
Defence lawyer Mitch MacLeod told the court that at the time Daley committed the offences he was at the height of an opiate addiction, but has been clean for 13 months.
MacLeod also said Daley only received $100 from the forged cheque, although he accepted responsibility for the full amount.
In handing down a sentence, Cheverie said Daley was a youthful offender with an unrelated record and the principal of rehabilitation came into play.
Cheverie saw the fact Daley has been clean for 13 months as a positive.
He then sentenced Daley to 20 days in jail for using the forged cheque and 70 days for passing the counterfeit bills, both to be served consecutively and on weekends so Daley can keep his job.
Daley will be on probation for two years once he is released.
Cheverie ordered Daley to stay away from Cash Converters, the Sobeys in Stratford and the Needs store in Stratford, unless he has written permission from his probation officer.
Daley will have to pay $868.24 in restitution to Cash Converters, $100 to Sobeys and $100 to Needs.
He will also have to pay $200 to the victims of crime fund.