Drug addict shocked forged cheque cashed at bank

A DRUG addict had been surprised when a bank cashed the forged cheque for $1791 that he put across the counter, his solicitor told Toowoomba Magistrates Court today.

Solicitor Brad Skuse told the court his client Daniel Christopher Schmidt had been a heavy user of drugs at the time he handed over the cheque at a Toowoomba bank branch in March last year.

Mr Skuse said his client had used his own name, date of birth and driver's licence when cashing the cheque he'd forged so it was likely he was always going to be caught.

His client had since undergone rehabilitation and counselling and was now drug free and trying to get his life back on track, he submitted.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Alistair Windsor told the court the owner of the cheque didn't know Schmidt and that the signature he used was "not even a close match" to hers.

Schmidt, 27, pleaded guilty to presenting a stolen cheque, forgery and dishonestly obtaining money.

He also pleaded guilty to having 15 marijuana seeds, less than 1g of amphetamine, digital scales, a water pipe and two straws used in connection with the use of drugs found during a police search in March last year.

Mr Skuse told the court his client was unemployed at the moment but looking for work and would pay restitution upon finding employment.

Noting Schmidt's criminal history, Magistrate Graham Lee sentenced him to six months' jail but ordered he be released immediately on parole and ordered he make $1791 restitution to the bank.


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