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Austrian Man Sentenced for Buying Fake Euros on the Darkweb

A young waiter avoided prison after ordering counterfeit euros on the darkweb and circulating them in Tyrol, Austria.

At a hearing in Innsbrook, the young man told the court the lock-down had ended his employment as a waiter and that he had researched the darkweb out of boredom. He said that while researching the darkweb he had learned of the possibility of obtaining counterfeit notes through the darkweb. He could not “resist the temptation,” he said.

The man’s former employer attended the hearing where he told the court that he had always trusted the defendant with his money.

The defendant told the court that he had only circulated the counterfeit notes outside of his former place of employment. When the police searched the defendant’s house earlier this year, they found only two counterfeit 50-euro notes. The young man admitted purchasing the counterfeits and using them during questioning.

“You are not making it easy for me,” the judge said. The sentence: 10 months of conditional imprisonment and a fine of 1,440 euros.