Morocco Jails British Man 10 Years for Using Counterfeited Dollar

British man Oliver Andrews (News Central TV)

Authorities in Morocco have jailed a British man Oliver Andrews for 10 years for possessing and distributing counterfeit money while on holiday.

Andrews from Bournemouth and his friend were arrested when they travelled to Marrakech in November.

The pair, who have already spent five months in prison, were found guilty and sentenced at a hearing on April 11.

Andrews’ partner, Alanna Cornick, called it the “worst possible outcome” and said they would challenge it in court.

Oliver Andrews and partner, Alanna Cornick

On November 10, 2022, the 29-year-old and a friend went to a nightclub on the last night of their holiday.

The following morning, Moroccan police apprehended both men and told Andrews half of his money was counterfeit, his family said.

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Both of them were also accused of creating an organised crime syndicate and making fake money but judges at last week’s court hearing acquitted them of both charges.

Following the sentencing, Ms Cornick said: “I’ve been an absolute mess. I’m lost for words – I literally can’t believe it.

“It’s been the most emotional 24 hours ever. We’ve just got to stay hopeful and keep our fingers crossed.”

Andrews says he was not aware that the money was counterfeit. Both men are now awaiting a new court date when a different judge will hear the case again.

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