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Two felony charges levied for alleged counterfeiting

People in Minnesota may sometimes hear reports of crimes that are investigated by federal authorities. These types of cases can include allegations of things like embezzlement, mail fraud, wire fraud and tax evasion just for starters. Another type of offense that may be considered a federal crime involves the production or the use of counterfeit United States currency.

A case in which a man was recently arrested was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and involves alleged counterfeit activity. According to reports, the 27-year-old defendant was stopped by officers for a traffic offense in Michigan, though he was from Wyoming, in early July of this year. During that incident, officers are said to have found complete currency bills as well as portions of other bills that all showed the same serial number. This raised suspicions and an investigation was launched.

The investigation eventually took the U.S. Secret Service to Wyoming where the defendant had been living. At a house there, a total of $9,430 in false bills was located. In addtion, cutting implements, paper, ink and a printer were found. These items are said to have been designed for use in making counterfeit money. Authorities say the money was used at retail establishments and was also used to buy gas and food. The man has been charged with two felonies in the case and remains in custody on a $50,000 bond.

When faced with a tough situation including felony criminal charges, people may find it helpful to talk to an attorney to understand their defense options.

Source: WZZM13.com, "Man charged with counterfeiting after police find $9,400 in bogus bills," John Hogan, July 28, 2017

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