The best counterfeit money is the genuine folding stuff you can't pick, but Tuan Tho Hoang's small fortune wasn't a convincing wad.
For starters, not only was the Southern Cross on the $50 notes upside down, but there were only four stars depicted.
Further forensic examination at the Reserve Bank of Australia's counterfeit laboratory found toner and inkjet printing was used to produce the notes when they are not employed to produce genuine polymer notes.
His dabble in dud dough was detailed when Hoang, 40, appeared in Melbourne's County Court and pleaded guilty to making and possessing counterfeit money and also to two drug charges.
Commonwealth prosecutor Andrew Field said when police raided Hoang's unit in Braybrook in March last year, they saw him exit a toilet and then found on its floor a counterfeit Australian $50 note inside a paperback book and a stencil in the shape of a Southern Cross window from a $50 note.
Mr Field said a "pat down" search of Hoang found $1290 in genuine cash and more than $6000 in counterfeit money.
He told Judge Geoffrey Chettle that other items found included a glue stick, marker, paint brush, straws, tweezers, acrylic, acetone, felt pens, a syringe containing glue, an air compressor, spray gun, air brush gun and computers.
Some marijuana and amphetamine was also found.
Hoang told police someone paid him a debt using the money found by the police and when he discovered it was not real money he did not use it to pay other people, but kept it to return it.
Hoang claimed the counterfeit money was given to him by someone called “Ton” and he had "cut up and played around" with the notes because he realised he could not use them, said Mr Field.
Defence lawyer Michael Gleeson conceded the offences were serious but were mitigated by the fact that Hoang had manufactured just one note and that the drugs were for personal use.
In his sentencing, Judge Chettle noted that Hoang had had issues with drugs for some years and that his prior criminal history, although not involving counterfeiting offences, demonstrated "general non compliance with the law".
Judge Chettle took into account his guilty pleas and a psychologist's report that indicated he had possible mental health issues.
He also noted that Mr Field conceded the offending was at the lower level for such charges.
Hoang was convicted and sentenced to 12 months' jail and released immediately on an order that he be of good behaviour for two years.
He was fined a total of $500 on the drug charges.
Judge Chettle asked Mr Gleeson to explain to his client that such a sentencing outcome "doesn't come a second time".