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Bank Note Forger boasted how counterfeit process was so easy he did it while relaxing at home in Australia

A SYDNEY man has pleaded guilty to making $1 million in counterfeit $50 notes, boasting he forced the Reserve Bank of Australia to redesign the nation’s bank note currency.

Benjamin Gillette-Rothschild, 34, claimed the process was so easy he did it while kicking back in a comfortable leather office chair.

With no apparent formal training, he made fake cash so close to the real thing the RBA admitted that most members of the public wouldn’t be able to spot the difference.

He has been sentenced to an ­undisclosed sentence, with Judge Garry Neilson in the Downing Centre District Court imposing a suppression order on most details of the case until “certain future events have eventuated”.

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One of these notes is the real deal, the other is 100 per cent fake. Scroll to bottom of article to see if you guessed right.

A set of agreed facts tendered in the case show Gillette-Rothschild pleaded guilty to eight charges relating to making counterfeit money and was sentenced on February 23. Exactly how he learnt as to making the fake notes cannot be ­devulged because of a court order.

An RBA spokesman did not ­respond to questions from The Sunday Telegraph about whether the design of any of Australia’s bank notes were changed in response to Gillette-Rothschild’s scheme.

The new version of the $5 note, which has more security features, was released on August 31, 2016, followed by the new $10 note on September 20, 2017. A brand newly designed Australian $50 note is scheduled to be released in October.

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Independently of the court case, The Sunday Telegraph viewed videos on the RBA’s website that detail how bank notes are made. The RBA did not respond to questions asking if the videos would be removed.

Gillette-Rothschild used fake names to buy three commercial printers for $80,000, thousands of dollars of UV ink and almost 200kg of specialised plastic film.

Three years after he made the counterfeit $50 Australian bank notes, authorities have clawed back almost $850,000, meaning there is still about $150,000 unaccounted for. The dollar amount equates to the RBA recovering 16,990 individual fake $50 bi­lls.

The figure is 81 per cent of the total number of counterfeit $50 notes seized in Australia in 2016-17.

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Gillette-Rothschild set up fake companies and used fake names to buy three commercial printers, UV inks and 196kg of propylene film.

When contacted, Gillette-­Rothschild’s lawyer Peter Katsoolis said: “My client was quite content with the result and accepts the court’s decision.”

The RBA’s counterfeit analysis team said in court documents that the fake notes were “high-quality ­reproductions” that “could only be produced using specialised equipment which required … specific skills and knowledge”.

The RBA also said the fake notes “simulated most overt features of genuine banknotes … and may not be detected as counterfeit by members of the public, even with close inspection”. His operation was slick and ­Gillette-Rothschild knew it.

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In a conversation with his co-­accused, Danqing Xu, on March 15, 2014, Gillette-Rothschild told his mate about “an article” he was reading, court documents said.

The ­article was about “changing 5s and 10s”, which the documents said was a reference to “the RBA needing to make changes to Australian bank note currency”

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A Roland LEC-330 printing machine was among the kit Gillette-Rothschild used to produce counterfeit Australian $50 bank notes.

Gillette-Rothschild said the ­article “related to the massive spike (in the seizure of counterfeit notes) in 2014”. Xu replied: “You should feel proud of yourself … f…ed up the economy hard … changing the largest island continent on Earth’s notes”.

­Gillette-Rothschild replied: “I am … I am proud”.

Gillette-Rothschild set up fake entities and used fake names to buy three commercial printers, UV inks and 196kg of propylene film between December 2013 and June 2014.

He then set to work on the scheme he later stated to police that “he was expecting to make a million dollars from”.

­Between March and July 2014, Gillette-Rothschild sent a series of text messages to several associates where he referred to “printing cheeseburgers” ($50 notes) and “making pizzas” (printing counterfeit money), court documents said.

On June 12, 2014, Gillette-­Rothschild sent a text to associates asking if they were interested in helping to speed up the operation by working on the printing of forged bank notes while he slept.

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The amateur counterfeit bank note printer/forger was busted only when he went to trade in equipment and a fake note was found inside a printer.

“(Gillette-Rothschild) said he had streamlined the process of pizza cooking and that it was ‘1 minute training’,” the court documents said.

“(He) said it was all done by sitting in a comfortable leather office chair.”

The 34-year-old also asked if ­another person would be interested in maintaining 12-hour shifts, so the printing could run 24/7..

Gillette-Rothschild initially set up the scheme using a commercial printer, which he bpurchased for $10,000 from a Hornsby printing business in December 2013. The Sunday Telegraph has agreed not to identify the model of printers used.

On February 7, 2014, he used a fake name to purchase a second printer, for $24,000, from a printing company in North Rocks.

Two weeks later he upgraded his equipment but also put the police on his tail thanks to a stupid careless mistake.

He traded in both printers and paid an extra $33,000 for a superior one. The salesman was cleaning out one of the trade-in printers when a clear plastic sheet featuring an “image of an Australian banknote” dropped out, court documents stated.

It was handed on to police.

The Australian Federal Police commenced Operation Arche in March 2015 after it received a referral from the RBA. Heavily armed ­police officers arrested Gillette-Rothschild on September 2, 2016, during a raid on at a house in Tregear.

Between May and June 2014, court documents said Gillette-Rothschild, using a false name and business name, bought and ordered more than $12,000 worth of UV inks from a commercial printing company in Rhodes.

And he placed an order for 196kg of polypropylene film over the phone with a national supplier between April and June 2014, the documents said.

After printing the $50 notes ­between March and July 2014, Gillette-Rothschild needed to convert the fake cash into genuine Australian currency.

The court documents said he flew four Korean nationals to Sydney. Each was given a suitcase containing up to $100,000 in counterfeit $50 bank notes and told to “get change at retail stores”, court documents stated.

However, on March 16, 2016, investigators intercepted a phone call ­between Gillette-Rothschild and Xu.

Gillette-Rothschild pleaded guilty to producing around $1 million in counterfeit $50 notes. Xu was given a 12-month suspended jail sentence on October 11, 2017, after being con­victed on a charge of giving information to counterfeit money.

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Genuine $50 dollar bill at top, the counterfeit below. The fake bill is paler, has not so square edges, only four stars in the window and embossing on the window is not there.

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Australia Queensland.Toowoomba mother fights Centrelink after identity fraud

A TOOWOOMBA single mum of three wants to know how it was possible to have her Centrelink accounts hacked twice and why she can’t get her money back.

Kristy Harper, 27, said her problems with Centrelink began back in September last year when she didn’t receive her family payments.

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Her online account had been hacked and payments were redirected a different bank account.

In response to the hacking, Centrelink stopped all access to that online account and informed her that if she needed to change anything related to her account, she needed to ring up and use the voice recognition software or go in face-to-face.

Then, in late October, Centrelink called to ask why she hadn’t disclosed her tax returns.

Ms Harper was baffled as she hadn’t filed any returns.

It was then she learnt that three tax statements had been lodged in her name, amounting to $8500 in returns.

Once she’d proved that it wasn’t her who’d lodged the returns – she didn’t even have a MyGov account set up for herself – the Australian Tax Office wiped them from her history.

Life went on for Ms Harper and she stopped using online accounts.

But on July 12, there was a striking coincidence: While visiting her bank, someone attempted to hack her account.

“When I was standing in the branch in Toowoomba, notes came up on my file that I had just rung the branch up at Clifford Gardens and told the bank that they were me, giving all my details answering all my questions and said that I had lost my key cards, wallet and mobile phone,” she said.

“Lucky I was standing in the other bank because they tried to take my pay again.

“So the bank put a stop on all my accounts and made it so all contact had to be face-to-face at the one bank so they knew it was me.”

Ms Harper was due for her payments from Centrelink the day after on July 13, however when she tried to withdraw the funds, they weren’t there.

She discovered her Centrelink payments had been sent to another bank account again.

She said questioned how this had happened with the security locks that had already been put on her account after the last incident, only to find that someone had circumvented the voice recognition software and changed her bank account details again.

“It’s been a month later and I still haven’t got anywhere with getting my kids money. I have been sent on a roller coaster ride,” she said.

Ms Harper says her attempts to resolve the matter so far have failed.

“It’s a scary world and to think people steal other people’s identity is a terrifying thing to feel and have happen,” she said.

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A Department of Human Services spokeswoman said the department was aware of Ms Harper’s matter.

“Any allegations of unauthorised access and identity fraud are taken very seriously and investigated,” the spokesperson said.

“The department is committed to online security and has robust systems in place to protect people’s personal information and routinely subject our online services to independent security testing.

“The department’s phone voice recognition (VoicePrint) software is very secure and a recipient has to be authenticated to use it.

“Anyone who believes their account may have been accessed by another person should contact the department and consider reporting it either to police of through the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN), which can be accessed via the Online Security page on our website.

“People should also contact their bank, who can stop a money transfer, investigate fraudulent transactions and issue replacement identity documents.”

  • Centrelink strongly encourage people to keep their login details secure and not share their passwords with anyone.
  • Changing passwords regularly can also help protect people against unauthorised access. There are more online security tips at humanservices.gov.au/onlinesecurity
  • People can also contact IDCARE.org, Australia’s national identity support service specialising in assisting people whose identity information has been put at risk (physical or online).
  • People can call the IDCARE Hotline is 1300 432 273, 8am – 5pm (AEDT), Monday to Friday, complete a Support Request Form or email contact@idcare.org.
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Centrelink Scam phone caller Australia. Incident in Toowoomba Qld

I RECEIVED a recorded message on my answering yesterday from a person claiming to be with Centrelink informing me that I was going to receive a raise in my pension.

The person stated that since I had not replied to the supposed letter I never received, all my paper work was sent to the Canberra head office. I was supplied with an account number and an 02 phone number.

I decided to ring the number direct to find out what it was about. A man answered who spoke with an Indian accent. I asked him if he worked for Centrelink to which he replied he did.

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I told him I thought it was a scam because I could distinctly hear people laughing in the background as we spoke. He replied that they were having a few drinks and would I like to join them. I immediately again told him it was a scam to which he used some colourful language and promptly hung up.

So watch it if you receive any of these phone calls.

PS. I tried to call Centrelink to report this scam but after 25 minutes of trying I gave up.

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Watch out for new Telstra phone service provider scam in Queensland Australia

IF YOU are a Telstra customer and receive an email stating you’re entitled to a refund – delete it immediately.

There have been reports in Qld Australia of an email which claims customers have been charged twice by the phone service provider due to a system error. Sample screen shot telstra scam demand below

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Jail time prescribed for medical centre fraudster

PRISON has been deemed the best medicine after a con artist fleeced a couple out of $132,000 and invested the money between his assets, including a Central Queensland business.

Ronald James Richardson, the former Fraser Shores Medical Centre owner, duped a couple who approached him after seeing an ad in Mackay.

Richardson’s business was buying and selling medical centres.

And he was “in a position of trust” regarding the couple with a self-managed superannuation fund who made contact, Judge Nathan Jarro said.

Richardson advertised about medical centre investments with a “12.5% guaranteed return,” Brisbane District Court heard on Thursday.

The con artist took $75,000 from the couple.

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Then he was declared bankrupt.

But in December 2012, when banned from acting as a company director, a company Richardson controlled borrowed $100,000 more from the couple.

“Those funds did not go to purchase medical equipment but the bulk was diverted into other accounts.” Judge Jarro said.

Richardson paid back more than $40,000, so the total amount defrauded was $132,985.15.

The fraudster, 63, has been in and out of court several times this decade.

The crimes he was sentenced for this week happened before his conviction for a different fraud in 2013.

That year, jurors found he fraudulenty funnelled investors’ money into an interest-bearing account.

His companies set up practices in Gympie, in Biloela and in NSW.

Richardson, a married father of three, was released on parole in 2015.

During a bail application last year, Crown prosecutor Ron Swanwick said Richardson displayed a “chronic pattern of dishonesty over a lifetime“.

On Thursday, the Crown wanted Richardson to go to jail with no parole for at least six months.

But his behaviour while on bail for the latest charges was impeccable, the court heard.

Richardson’s wife and one of his daughters wrote letters of support.

Defence counsel Kate Juhasz said Richardson should be released on parole at once.

Judge Jarro said a term of imprisonment was “the only option”.

Richardson was jailed for two and a half years but will be released on parole on July 30 this year.

No people were in court to support him.

He appeared to send someone a text after learning he was going to jail, then was led off into custody.

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Co-workers in shock over fake cancer allegations against mum & scamming $45,000

FORMER colleagues of a Casino [Nsw. Australia] mother of four charged with fraud helped out by driving her to medical appointments and chemotherapy treatments and performing child minding duties, it has emerged.

Co-workers in shock over fake cancer allegations against mum

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It’s understood several staff at the Casino RSM Club where Melissa Quinn worked part-time in 2014 were in tears today after hearing about the police allegations.

The Casino RSM Club has subsequently issued a statement about the affair.

In the written statement, secretary manager of the club Neale Genge said the club was “deeply shocked and saddened to be informed about the arrest of Melissa Quinn in relation to alleged fraud from fundraising activities held to assist with her cancer treatment.”

“While the Casino RSM Club has a strict policy of not making cash donations to individuals, we have on many occasions assisted a number of individuals to host fundraising events for persons requiring medical treatment.

“Our contribution has always been non-cash such as assisting with promoting these events and making our facilities available at no cost.

“The Casino RSM Club assisted Ms Quinn’s friends and family in hosting an event in November 2014 in which approximately $20,000 raised at the Club with additional funds coming from Cricket Australia and other sources.

“Ms Quinn was a part-time employee of the club at that time, while also being an employee of Cricket NSW.

“At no stage was the Casino RSM Club aware that Ms Quinn’s illness was anything but genuine, and a number of staff members had assisted Ms Quinn by minding her children and driving to her alleged medical appointments and chemotherapy treatments.

“The generosity of the people of Casino and District has been highlighted a number of times in the support they show for people in need.

“While this matter is before the courts we cannot speculate further, but we trust this incident will not dampen the Casino community’s commitment to provide assistance to individuals and support their own when required.”

It’s understood that Ms Quinn quit her job yesterday at the Casino BWS bottle shop.

Update 12.05pm: THE CLOSE knit Casino cricket community is reeling with news that former player and volunteer Melissa Quinn has been charged with multiple counts of fraud.

John Black, long serving secretary-treasurer of the Casino Cavaliers Cricket Club said news of Ms Quinn’s arrest came as a “huge shock”.

Mr Black worked closely with Ms Quinn during her tenure as a volunteer for the Casino and District Cricket Association and vice president of the Cavaliers, which field the elite district team.

“These are just allegations… we probably can’t judge Melissa just right at this moment, but it is a shock,” he said.

Mr Black said the entire community took Ms Quinn “at her word” and pitched in to help raise money for her treatment.

“The community got in behind her because that’s what most communities do when someone is suffering from cancer, that’s what people do, help each other.

“She exhibited for me a love of cricket… she was always willing to help.”

Mr Black was one of scores of local business people and community members to contribute to an auction at the Casino RSM Club in 2014 to raise money for Ms Quinn’s medical trip to California.

“We all pitched in a did our little bit to help her,” he said.

Ms Quinn was also supposed to be spending eight weeks in the US to undergo specialised proton radiation therapy. But he said she returned after two weeks.

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Original story 5am: A Casino woman allegedly faked cancer to fleece tens of thousands of dollars from unsuspecting donors including Cricket NSW.

Mum of four Melissa Irene Quinn, 34, allegedly concocted an elaborate story in 2014 to raise money for an all-expenses paid trip to California to undergo “life saving” proton radiation therapy.

Ms Quinn was a volunteer for the Casino District Cricket Association at the time.

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke was one of three Test players to donate signed and framed playing shirts for auction for a $70 per head fund raising event in her honour in October 2014 held at the Casino RSM Club.

NSW State of Origin also donated a jersey.

Prior to the 2014 event she told The Northern Star then she had only two years left to live after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

“I had cancer two-and-a- half years ago in the uterus, so it wasn’t a huge surprise that it’s come back,” she said.

“The Australian Medical Board is covering 90% of my costs to go to California to receive proton radiation therapy.

“But we need to make up the money for eight weeks of airfares, clinical fees and everyday expenses.

“We’ve estimated we need to raise $20,000.”

In 2015 Ms Quinn started work full-time for Cricket NSW as a development manager for the North Coast region.

Then in 2016, she allegedly claimed she had contracted ovarian cancer and chronic myeloid leukaemia.

“I’ve got a tumour in my leg and I’ll actually be having surgery next week,” she told The Northern Star in May 2016.

“It’s a bit of a tough time for me at the moment and I’m just looking forward to getting back on my feet.”

Cricket NSW then supported her with a number of auctions to raise further funds for her treatment.

During Casino’s annual Beef Week celebrations that year Test cricketer and current Sheffield Shield captain Steve O’Keefe helped auction off cricket memorabilia on her behalf.

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Sydney sixers and NSW cricketer Steve O’Keefe was part of fundraising activities for Melissa Quinn in Casino.

Her story was the source of widespread media coverage including a feature story on the ABC’s 7.30 as well as press released from Cricket NSW which linked to a Gofundme crowdfunding campaign raising funds on her behalf.

Between 2014 and 2016 she is alleged to have raised a total of $45,000 – but police allege it was all lies.

The 34-year-old is charged with four counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception, one count of making false document to obtain financial advantage, and using a false document to obtain financial advantage.

She was arrested and charged on Tuesday and granted conditional bail.

Her bail conditions forbids Ms Quinn from approaching or contacting any prosecution witness or any member of Cricket NSW involved in the matter.

The matter is set down for mention in Casino Local Court on 18 April 2018.

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Over 746,000 NHS phishing emails blocked in a 30 day period

The National Cyber Security Centre blocked more than 746,000 NHS phishing emails in one month in 2017

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More than 746,000 phishing emails pretending to be from the NHS were blocked in just one month in 2017, the National Cyber Security Centre says.

A report on the first year of the GCHQ unit’s cyber-defence programme found that it removed 121,479 phishing sites hosted in the UK.

This reduced the UK’s share of global phishing attacks from 5.3% to 3.1%.

Three-quarters of UK government-related phishing sites were taken down in 24 hours.

Phishing emails trick users into visiting websites that impersonate known brands and ask the user to log in to their account.

This enables attackers to gather confidential login details or financial information.

Phishing emails are also used to trick people into opening malicious email attachments that install malware on their computers.

The methods of reducing phishing involved using various security scanning systems to perform millions of tests on government websites and emails being sent in and out of government networks.

‘Simple things’

“What they’ve done is not brain surgery – the technology’s been around for a while, but they’ve managed to persuade various government departments to do the simple things to reduce cyber-security threats dramatically,” cyber-security expert Prof Alan Woodward, from Surrey University, told the BBC.

“Phishing emails from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) used to be the most common emails you’d see, but they got the HMRC to put the technology in place, and the spoofing emails dropped to zero in a matter of days.”

Cyber-security expert Graham Cluley said that technologies used were not new, but the NCSC’s efforts had produced “impressive results”.

“Of course they won’t have caught every phishing attempt, but they will have helped stamp out many of the most convincing attacks,” he told the BBC.

Martyn Thomas, Gresham College’s professor of IT, agreed: “I think their success rate on stopping really legitimate-looking spam is really high and they are to be congratulated.”

While Prof Thomas felt that the NCSC would benefit from having a “longer-term vision” when it came to cybersecurity, he felt the fact that the government agency could gain intelligence from GCHQ on potential cyber-attacks gave it an edge over commercial cybersecurity contractors.

NHS targeted

Prof Woodward said the NCSC’s work was “an important development” because the organisation was able to close down the opportunity for people to pretend to be from within the NHS, which would help to prevent future attacks.

“The biggest problem is people pretending to be within,” he said. “Whenever you receive something that seems to come from your own network, you inherently trust it.”

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Australian union official seemingly connected with fraudulent Facebook page

Two National Union of Workers officials in Perth WA have been suspended after it emerged that a fraudulent Black Lives Matter page had an Australia connection.

The National Union of Workers (NUW) has suspended two officials in West Australia after US news outlet CNN claimed that a Facebook page purporting to be part of the Black Lives Matter movement was a scam with ties to Australia.

CNN named one of the men as NUW offical Ian Mackay – who is white – and SBS News understands another male from the union was also suspended after the story broke.

The Facebook page titled “Black Lives Matter” had almost 700,000 followers, which was more than twice as many as the official page of Black Lives Matter, an activist movement that campaigns against violence and racism towards black people.

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CNN reported on Monday that the page was connected “to online fundraisers that brought in at least $US100,000 (AUD$129,000) that supposedly went to Black Lives Matter causes in the US. At least some of the money, however, was transferred to Australian bank accounts”.

In a statement to SBS News, NUW national secretary Tim Kennedy confirmed that the union had “launched an investigation into claims made by a CNN report and has suspended the relevant officials pending the outcome of an investigation”.

“The NUW is not involved in and has not authorised any activities with reference to claims made in CNN’s story.”

SBS News has approaced Mr Mackay for comment. He denied running the page when contacted by CNN, but did not provide further comment.

The Facebook page has since been closed down and fundraising campaigns associated with the page were reportedly suspended by PayPal and Patreon. Donorbox and Classy had also removed the campaigns.

“Our objective is to raise awareness about racism, bigotry, police brutality and hate crimes by exposing through social media locally and internationally stories that mainstream media don’t,” a message on the group’s Donorbox page reportedly read.

A spokesperson for Facebook told SBS News that “we investigated this situation as soon as it was brought to our attention, and disabled the page admin for maintaining multiple profiles on the platform”.

“We continue to monitor the situation and will take the necessary action in line with our policies.”

SBS News has also reached out to Black Lives Matter in the US for comment.

It comes the same week as Mark Zuckerberg is set to appear before US politicians, where he will face a grilling about data that was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.

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