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Four charged with forging £1.2m in counterfeit £10 notes


Andy Young, lawyer for the CPS Organised Crime Division, said: "Following an investigation by the Serious Organised Crime Agency, I have authorised charges against four individuals for the production of over £1.2m worth of counterfeit Bank of England £10 notes at a design and print business in Hockley, Birmingham, West Midlands.

"Prem Karra, Amrit Paul Karra, Rajiv Kumar and Yash Paul Mahey each face a single charge contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act. It is alleged that between 1 September 2010 and 28 February 2011, they conspired with others unknown to make a counterfeit currency note, namely a Bank of England £10 currency note of the series E type, intending that it should be passed or tendered as genuine.

"This decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. We have determined that there is a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.

"The four defendants will appear before Birmingham Magistrates' Court on 15 November 2012.

"They now stand charged with a criminal offence and have the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice this trial."