Offence: Deception > forgery
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Benjamin Shambler , of St. Mary le Bow , was indicted for feloniously receiving 82 l. 10 s. due to Elizabeth Turner , (being her Christmas Dividend for 1650 l. South Sea Stock, the Produce of 6000 l. in the 3d Subscription) by vertue of a forg'd and Counterfeit Note, he knowing the same to be forg'd and Counterfeited . The first Witness deposed, that being a Clerk in the South Sea House, he became acquainted with John Shambler the prisoners Brother; who told him that he knew Elizabeth Turner in Mark Lane: could counterfeit her hand, and would draw a Power for his Brother the Prisoner to receive the Money; that a Note to that purpose directed to Conrade de Gols Esq; was wrote by the prisoner at the Great James Tavern Bishopsgate Street , and sign'd with the name of Elizabeth Turner by John Shambler ; By vertue of this Power this Evidence gave him a Warrant, and by that Authority the prisoner received the Money and sign'd the Book of Entry with the Name of Thomas Perry ; he added that the prisoner received Four Guineas for his pains. His receiving the Money, and signing the Name Perry was prov'd by others. His Confession before the Lord Mayor was read, in which he own'd that he was employed by his Brother to carry the Power, by vertue of which he received the Money. The Prisoner in his defence said, that they sought him, and not be them; that his Brother called him from his business, and persuaded him to carry the Note, and that he had nothing at all for his trouble; that this Evidence himself sign'd the name Turner, and was the Projector of it: and said he did it because his Friends received his Salary, and would not allow him Pocket Money. Guilty .