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Serial Counterfeiter Jailed In Perth

A man who continued to make counterfeit cash after previously being convicted of the same crime has been jailed in Perth for three years.

James Christopher Cooper spent more than half a year behind bars after being convicted in 2015 of making more than 200 fake $50 notes.

He committed more counterfeiting offences late last year and again in February, when he was arrested.

District Court of WA Judge Alan Troy said Cooper's offending required a degree of skill and cost, and he had demonstrated a determination to keep using technology to make fake cash.

He would have continued if he hadn't been caught, Judge Troy said.

Cooper had been left traumatised and injured from a fatal car crash in 2005 and had resorted to methylamphetamine during a period of idleness that followed.

The drugs led to his criminal activity, which he undertook alone, the court heard.

Judge Troy said Cooper's deceitful offending had the potential to make ordinary people criminals themselves if they suspected they had acquired counterfeit cash and passed it on. The community had a right to have confidence in currency, he said.

Cooper was sentenced on Tuesday to a minimum of 18 months behind bars.

He must pay a $10,000 recognisance upon release and be of good behaviour for 18 months or he will have to serve the full term.

AAP

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