A MAN has been slapped with a fine after being found with a sum of counterfeit money.

Gary Malone, of Bankview Patna, was found, without lawful authority, with a Clydesdale bank note worth a value of £20 on January 18 at Ayr Road, Dalmellington.

The 35-year-old appeared before Sheriff John Montgomery at Ayr Sheriff Court last week.

It was explained in court that Malone had knowledge that the note was believed to be counterfeit.

Depute Fiscal, Kevin Jarvis, said: “It was around 5pm on the date in question and the police were dealing with a road traffic accident that the accused had been involved in.

“The police carried out a search on the accused and the driver of the vehicle and the accused was found in possession of the £20 which was later found to be counterfeit.

“It was seized and the accused was found liable.”

Speaking on his behalf, defence solicitor Mr Adams, said: “Mr Malone’s position is that he knew that the money was counterfeit.

“He had not even attempted to use the note.

“His last conviction was in 2008 and he is a 35-year-old and is single – he is also receiving universal credit.”

Malone was hit with a £100 fine, to be paid at £20 per month.