Teen pleads guilty to creating bogus $100 bills

Rankin Inlet youth and four friends also sentenced in connection with string of break and enters

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

KIRSTEN MURPHY

A 17-year-old male who created $1,200 in counterfeit bills last year was placed on probation for 18 months last week after pleading guilty to one count of counterfeiting and four counts of break and enter.

The Rankin Inlet teen, now 18, scanned a $100 bill and made 12 photocopies at his home on Dec. 14, said Const. Mario Vachon. The boy’s parents were away on business at the time, Vachon said.

The teen took the bogus bills to two different grocery stores and asked for change — which he was given.

The fake money didn’t fool a bank employee days later who noticed two distinguishing features: the square hologram on the bottom right corner of the bills were black instead of gold, and the serial numbers were all the same.

Vachon has since shown Rankin Inlet businesses how to detect fake money.

The teen was also charged in connection with four break and enters. He was sentenced to 200 hours of community work, ordered to pay $2,550 in restitution, is prohibited from consuming alcohol and must give a talk at the high school.

He belonged to a group of boys known to police, Vachon said. Four other male young offenders were also charged with various break and enters that took place in December 2001 and January 2002.

A 17-year-old male pleaded guilty to 13 counts of break and enter and was sentenced to two years probation, 240 hours of community work, ordered to write a letter of apology to all victims and donate $1,000 to charity.

Another 17-year-old-male pleaded guilty to three counts of break and enter, two counts of possession of stolen property and was sentenced to 18 months probation. He must conduct 200 hours of community work, write a letter of apology and have no contact with some of the co-accused.

Yet another 17-year-old male was placed on probation for 18 months and ordered to complete 200 hours of community work after he pleaded guilty to three counts of break and enter.

An 18-year-old male pleaded guilty to three counts of break and enter and received a suspended sentence and 18 months probation.

Vachon said another group of 13- to 15-year-olds also accused of break and enter were referred to Rankin Inlet’s Justice Committee.

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