He knew everything there was to know about holograms, watermarks, what types of paper to use and how the end result should look and feel. Organised crime groups who wanted fake notes knew the only person who they could virtually guarantee would do a job for them was Tam. He did have a legitimate business at one time, but that went bust and, Adidas Gazelle Lush Pink
The detective added: "The money was literally in the machine waiting to come out the other end. To say they were caught red handed would be a real understatement. It looked for all the world like a legitimate printing shop, but with all the work which had gone on investigating the case, we knew very different. "Publicly, the vast majority of Print Link's work was for the local takeaway trade, producing menus and leaflets advertising the latest offers, but behind the scenes there was a far more lucrative side of the business. This was illustrated last year when police in London, acting on a tip off, recovered a suitcase which was found to contain almost 3m worth of euros. The cash was awaiting holograms and watermarks. Investigations subsequently revealed that the money was destined for McAnea's shop because he was the only person in Britain capable of finishing the job.
McAnea and his gang were arrested by Strathclyde Police during an inquiry codenamed Operation Wembley, a reference .
without any other strings to his bow, he was stuck for a living. He then chose to use the skills which he had learned to fund an illegal lifestyle and, unfortunately for us, he was very, very good at it. Womens Adidas Grey Gazelle Og Suede Trainers
"When SCDEA officers crashed through the doors of the print shop in St George's Road, Maryhill, McAnea and his team were in the process of printing around 500,000 in Bank of Scotland 20 notes. A subsequent raid resulted in the recovery of 250,000.
can knock off a half decent copy of a bank note today, but even the person in the street would know the difference when they picked it up," said one officer at the heart of the operation that snared him. "This is where Tam came in, though. Mens Black Adidas Gazelle Og Trainers
This was how the team operated by word of mouth with their name and reputation being earned over the years and it means that the true extent of what McAnea may have produced will, almost certainly, never be known. A friend of the forger told Scotland on Sunday: "They may have got Tam bang to rights this time, but what they have recovered and what they know about is just the tip of the iceberg. A fortune has passed through his hands over the years. Literally, millions of pounds, although you would never know it to look at him or his lifestyle. "'Hologram Tam' and his cronies never actually distributed the money, instead they simply printed it, being paid for their work by the organised crime teams who needed their skills in legitimate cash, usually on a basis of two fake notes for Men's Adidas Originals Gazelle Og Shoes one clean. McAnea's arrest in January 2007 was not the first time, however, he had fallen foul of the law. More than a decade earlier, the forger had stood trial and was convicted for his part in a plot to flood Europe with fake banknotes.
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