A shoplifter arrested as he tried to steal aftershave from a town centre store was found with fake £10 notes, Lincoln Crown Court was told on Friday.
Edijs Thionravovs was stopped as he tried to leave the Oldrids store in Boston without paying for the item.
Phil Howes, prosecuting, said three forged notes were found in the defendant’s wallet and a further forgery was found when his home was searched.
Thionravovs later told police he had produced the notes himself using his computer printer.
Thionravovs, 39, of Hartley Street, Boston, admitted attempted theft and making a counterfeit currency note in December 2012.
He also admitted theft of aftershave from Oldrids on an earlier occasion.
He was given a six month jail sentence suspended for a year with 100 hours of unpaid work and was ordered to pay a £80 victim surcharge.
Recorder William Harbage QC told him: “Making counterfeit currency is a serious offence.
“Usually it leads to a sentence of immediate imprisonment but in the circumstances I can suspend that sentence.”
Neil Sands, defending, described the fake bank notes as an ‘amateurish’ attempt to produce currency and said Thionravovs never actually used them to try to buy anything.
“This is a man who was without money for his basic needs.”
Thionravovs had intended to sell the stolen aftershave to buy food.