It was the first time police in Scotland had ever seen such a level of sophistication in a counterfeiting operation. A tip off led police to the gang and, in 1998 at the High Court in Glasgow, McAnea was jailed for 10 years. Judge Lord Cameron told him his crime was one which "struck at the root of commercial and economic life of a country" and had the "potential to destroy confidence in the lawfully issued currency of a country". Within seven months, though, McAnea and his cohorts were free, released by the Court of Appeal on a legal technicality ironically, a printing error. When the Adidas Gazelle Prices
warrant for Beith Street was issued, the date of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act which covered the offences the gang was suspected of was typed out as "1989" instead of "1981". The mistake meant the warrant was invalid and, while it may have been the smallest of oversights, it was enough to free McAnea, who celebrated his unexpected freedom in inimitable style setting up a business called "Queen's Head Printers" based in Ingram Street, Glasgow city centre.
out again. Last Monday, McAnea admitted at the High Court in Glasgow to delivering, selling or disposing of fake Bank of Scotland and euro notes. One of his co accused, John McGregor, pleaded guilty to making fake Bank of Scotland notes, while Joseph McKnight and Robert Fulton were convicted of helping distribute the counterfeit money. Two other men and a women also admitted their part in the scheme. Began his counterfeiting career in north London by producing bottles of fake perfume.
He later switched to forging Bank of En.
The plan, hatched by one of Glasgow's leading crime families was for Scotland supporters to take the forged money down south with them and spend it in circles where it was bound to be picked up and eventually taken home by followers of other European teams. Operation Wembley centred on the forger's shop in Beith Street, Partick, where he and his team had the potential to produce 12m worth of fake Bank of England 20 notes every day. Other notes forged were Clydesdale Bank 5 and Danish Kroner along with MoT certificates, TV licence stamps and Duty Free vouchers for cross Channel ferries. McAnea recruited graphic artists and master printers to form a team working out of a back street shop. When police raided the premises they were amazed how sophisticated the operation was, with the gang using a four colour, lithographic printing press, a Heidelberg press for producing the stamps and enough paper to produce 1. 6m worth Adidas Gazelle Indoor Forest Green Buy of notes.
to the fact that the money they produced was to be distributed in the pubs and clubs frequented by football fans during the 1996 European Championships in England. Cheap Adidas Gazelle Trainers
According to one pal, the name was a deliberate "two fingers to the Strathclyde Polis" for taking him to trial on evidence which they knew would not stand up to legal scrutiny. A decade later, when police returned to re arrest McAnea, they made sure they did not repeat the mistakes of the past by using several warrants for each property to ensure they were not caught Adidas Gazelle 2 Black White
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