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Canadian Mom Passing Counterfeit Money

 

canda money     Is there any harm in passing counterfeit bills? Of course there is. The paper is actually worthless and illegal to be used. But, in the wrong circumstances the consequences can cause far more harm than the person passing on the money can imagine as in this case.

Today’s CrimeDivas, Beth-Ann Gosling, 29, of Barrie, Canada was convicted of passing counterfeit $100 bills all over Barrie.  This is nothing new and counterfeiting has been going on probably as far back as when legal money was started. What’s so disturbing about this case is the woman is a mother of a new-born and has three other young children.

According to records, Ms. Gosling would purchase a cheap priced item, retrieve the change, and then take off with her husband, Paul Bentley, who waited in a nearby van with the children. “This occurred over a period of several months,” said Crown attorney Sarah Renaud. “A number of businesses were victimized.” Police caught on to the scheme and pulled the van over where they collected $700 in cash and a number of prepaid gift cards.

But that’s not all, Ms. Gosling was already facing a theft charge after she stuffed a $1,248 television, groceries, and women’s clothing into a stroller with three of her children while at Wal-Mart on Feb. 8. While the maximum penalty for using counterfeit money carries a 14-year prison sentence, the Crown agreed to globalize the 26 counts into one count and is asking for a 60- to 90-day jail sentence. Ms. Gosling lawyer asked the court to sentence her to do  weekend time  only due to the baby and young children.

May I play devil’s advocacy here? This woman and her husband knew passing counterfeit money was illegal and prison time is attached to the crime. Why should the court deviate from the sentencing guidelines when this woman is clearly continuing a life of crime as she was just  arrested a month earlier for theft? Is she and her husband committing these crimes  with the knowledge that they can use the fact that they have a baby and young children and therefore they will not get any or as much time? Why are these people committing crimes in the first place? More importantly, why would they put the children in such situations?  The answer to the last questions is we humans love to gamble on chances . . . with the erroneous belief that the odds are with us.

The real victims of this crime is the children of this woman. It is a good thing she is not in America, because our system care less about the consequences of criminals children.

The money amount  was not disclosed in this case, nonetheless it is considered a white-collar crime and one that should not have occurred.

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