Facing criminal charges can be daunting. But when you are charged with a federal crime, things can become complicated and confusing quickly. Federal crimes can include drug charges, income tax fraud, and even mortgage fraud.
But two men were recently charged with the federal crime of counterfeiting after they were caught trying to use fake bills to purchase a video game system. There is no information as to what sort of penalties the two men could be facing if convicted, but consequences could include a prison sentence.
According to the article, the two men were arrested for shoplifting after going into a discount department store earlier this year and trying to buy a game deck with multiple counterfeit bills. Once in custody, one of the men allegedly told police that they two of them had been printing their own money in their home.
The investigation that followed resulted in a search of the men's residence. One of the men had told authorities that they used their own printer to make bills in small denominations. A search recovered over $2,000 worth of counterfeit money. Agents also found the printer and images of real bills that were being printed on paper.
The two men are suspected of using the counterfeit money in another discount department store to purchase game decks and a television. Investigators have also traced the use of the fake money to local fast food restaurants and gas stations. Though the men were not printing off large bills, the consequence still may be severe.
When facing serious federal charges, it is often beneficial to speak with someone who understands the federal court system. There are a lot of things to consider when facing criminal charges as these two men will soon discover.
Source: Charlotte Observer online, "2 charged with printing money, spending it on fast food, videogames," Steve Lyttle, 10 May 2011