Fake Disney currency confiscatedMay 2, 2007
English police have raided two shops, confiscating piles of novelty bank notes. The currency features photos of famous celebrities and characters, including Winnie the Pooh, instead of the Queens head. This breaks counterfeit laws and Trading Standards had to take action against the company. The sized notes were sold in £5, £10, £20 and £20 variations and sold in shops for £1 (for a collection of 4 notes).
Whilst the police were quite aware that the items were just novelty items meant to be a joke gift, they still broke Bank of England forgery law. It's illegal to reproduce or modify any money without prior permission from the British central bank. Trading Standards said that they were concerned that some people might mistaken it for real money. The notes are due to be destroyed.
The news item actually hit national news! You can watch a news video on the BBC website.