Mom lied to sympathetic judge by saying she was breastfeeding

Beth-Ann Gosling. (Facebook photo)

Beth-Ann Gosling. (Facebook photo)

Tracy McLaughlin, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:29 PM ET

BARRIE, Ont. -- A Toronto woman charged in a counterfeit money scam lied when she gained the judge's sympathy by telling him she's a breastfeeding mom, a court heard Wednesday.

Beth-Ann Gosling, 29, was arrested in March in Barrie with her spouse, Patrick Bentley, 29, of Brampton, Ont., after they had been on a spending spree.

Police followed the couple in their van with their four children and seized a large stack of real and counterfeit bills.

Court heard Bentley would wait in the van with the kids while his wife purchased small items with the fake money, collect a fistful of bills as change, then quickly head to the getaway van. They pulled the same stunt at Ontario stores in towns including Barrie, Bolton, Bradford, Newmarket, Markham, Beeton and Brampton.

Gosling was already facing charges after she was caught shoplifting a $1,200 flat-screen TV and other items in her cart with her kids in Walmart a week earlier.

She was denied bail but Justice James Crawford released her so she could breastfeed her baby.


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