GARDAI have caught red-handed the man behind the forged €50 notes that have been circulating in a county village for the past few weeks. The matter was reported to gardai and a search was conducted at the end of last week in Doon.
It is understood a note was found in the man's wallet. A Garda spokesperson confirmed a man was found in possession of one of the notes. "We did a search and found a dud note with the same serial number as the rest of them. A man was interviewed and he made admissions in relation to the other notes," said the spokesperson.
Gardai are satisfied there was only one person involved and he has "owned up to it".
The notes are believed to have been "excellent copies". A file is being pepared for the DPP in relation to the matter.
There is much relief in Doon that the culprit has been caught - as well as anger that a local man was involved.
"You don't do this kind of thing, especially on your own doorstep," said one Doon resident, who didn't wish to be named.
"The GAA club are working very hard trying to raise money for their ball alley and you hate to see organisations like that or businesses losing out because of this," he added.
In total the GAA club lost out on €450. The forgeries are so good that they were only discovered when they were brought to the bank to be lodged.
A spokesperson for the AIB Bank in Doon said the colour of the forgeries is very good and staff were amazed at their quality:
"They are just slightly smaller and the texture of the paper is different than the real thing. A few of our customers were caught. If you get two or three in a night's takings it takes the profit away," said the spokesperson.