OCRFM: A French Soldier was handed a partially suspended sentence after he admitted that he had purchased counterfeit banknotes on the dark web. The soldier is reportedly a repeat offender and bought the counterfeit bills to fund his gambling and online betting addiction. The soldier in his thirties appeared before a judge in the Toulon Criminal Court on September 23 for an immediate sentencing hearing. The prosecution told the court that the soldier was arrested on September 21 in Hyeres by the Judicial Police.
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According to the prosecution, the judicial police were notified of the defendant’s activities by the central office for the suppression of counterfeiting money (OCRFM). The OCRFM had been monitoring the soldier’s activities on a dark web forum whose users sell or buy counterfeit banknotes. The OCRFM and the judicial police then planned to control the delivery of the fake notes. On the day of his arrest, the soldier drove to Hyeres, where he collected a package bearing his names mailed from Naples, Italy. After getting back into his car, the cops who had been watching him moved in and arrested him. On opening the package, the investigators found two bundles of counterfeit notes wrapped in an aluminum foil and placed in a child’s game box. In total, the investigators found 100 counterfeit €50 banknotes. The soldier was taken into police custody, and his car seized.
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The prosecution also told the court that the defendant had been convicted of the same offense in April. In April the Soldier was arrested while on a mission in Guyana. He was found guilty of possession of counterfeit bank notes. From the dark web and handed a 1-year suspended prison sentence. The conviction was, however, not added to his criminal record. The prosecution based their request for a 2-year prison sentence on this conviction.
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