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Man jailed for making banknotes with scissors and glue

A local court sentenced a man to six months in prison today for altering RMB banknotes.

Yao Jian, a 23-year-old migrant worker, turned 37 100-yuan notes into 38 notes by clipping and pasting with scissors and glue.

On the night of November 5, 2010, he deposited the 38 altered notes into an ATM in Hongkou District and drew out 38 real notes from the machine immediately. In this way, he made 100 yuan.

His abnormal behavior was spotted by a bank clerk through the surveillance camera and he was caught on the scene.

Yao told the Hongkou District People's Court that he was unemployed and didn't want to become a burden to his parents. To make money, he thought of this idea.

He said if his clip-and-paste method proved successful, he would make more money this way. But he never expected he would be caught on his first attempt.

His lawyer begged for leniency at the court, saying Yao's forgery didn't have much negative effect on the society because the forged money would not circulate in the society, nor did he teach anybody how to forge banknotes.

The court eventually fined Yao 10,000 yuan (US$1,522) and confiscated the altered notes besides the jail sentence.


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