Two Zimbabwean men discovered in a flat being used as a counterfeiting factory – producing fake cheques, bank and credit cards which had either been previously lost, stolen or taken from the post – have been jailed.
Judge Donna McColgan QC told Geshem Madukae (39) and 50-year-old Charles Moyo that she had concluded "this was a sophisticated and organised criminal endeavour for financial gain".
Moyo, from Lisnagarvey Drive in Lisburn, was handed a two-year sentence and he will spend 12 months in custody with the remaining 12 months on supervised licence after his release.
Co-accused Madzukae from Cliftonville Avenue – who has a previous conviction for fraud – was handed a three-year sentence.
He will spend half the sentence in prison and the other half on supervised licence.
Belfast Crown Court had heard the pair, who admitted receiving stolen goods and possessing articles in connection with fraud, were arrested during a search of the Cliftonville Avenue flat they shared in north Belfast, on November 29, 2012.