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Mauritius: Condemned, but left in freedom for falsifying a Millionaire scratch card

Mauritius: Condemned, but left in freedom for falsifying a Millionaire scratch card
A resident of Terre-Rouge in the Northwest of the island of Mauritius has received clemency from justice and barely escaped from the prison case.
Sentenced for falsification and use of forgeries, but left free after paying bail of 15,000 rupees (394 euro), the 43 year old woman who pleaded guilty during the whole proceedings, must henceforth stick to the rule for two years under penalty to serve two months in jail.
On 28 January 2011, the apprentice counterfeiter tries awkwardly to add three TVs on Millionaire scratch ticket.
A coarse subterfuge to be on television and win between 100,000 rupees (2. 631 euros) and one million rupees (26,315 euros), which is not fooling anyone, after checking the authentication code of the fake winning ticket.

"The offense is serious, because the defendant was going to commit fraud against a company and the state, if the falsification was not coarse and easily detectable. The fact that she is poor and wanted to lay hands on the money is not an excuse ... She admitted the facts at the stage of police investigation and pleaded guilty at her first appearance in court. Then the defendant expressed regret that seems to be sincere and she has a clean criminal record", said the magistrate in his verdict.
The repentant counterfeiter risked for the offense of forgery and use of forgery, a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of 100,000 rupees.

Fabrice François

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