A swindler stuffed more than 30 counterfeit banknotes in his underpants and tried to make small purchases to get real notes in change. Hui Chi-tong, 24, unemployed, pleaded guilty in the District Court to use and possession of fake banknotes, using a false bank statement and handling stolen credit cards. He also admitted issuing two bounced cheques relating to another case which had been heard previously by Judge Chua Fi-lan. Hui was jailed yesterday for 34 months for all offences. Prosecutor Peter Duncan said that on April 24 this year, Hui tried to buy a magazine from a newspaper vendor in Queen's Road West. But the vendor discovered the $100 note was a fake and called police. During a body search, police found another 31 fake banknotes of $20, $50 and $100 denominations inside Hui's underpants, which were described by Judge Chua as a 'secure but uncomfortable hiding place'. Later, another 81 counterfeit banknotes were seized at Hui's flat in Western. Under caution, he said he bought the notes from a fruit stall in Yau Ma Tei for $2,500. Judge Chua did not believe the banknotes were produced by a syndicate because of the relatively small amount and poor quality. The prosecution said the police also found photocopies of a doctored bank statement, as well as stolen credit cards and photocopies of stolen identity cards at Hui's flat. Hui admitted to using the false bank document to buy telephone cards. In the earlier case, Hui also admitted issuing two dishonoured cheques, totalling almost $240,000, to repay a stockbroker for losses on the market in May last year.