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Counterfeiter gets 3+ years for making more than $25,000 in phony bills

A 46-year-old man was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Seattle Friday to to 37 months in prison and three years of supervised release for counterfeiting. Edward Young was linked to the manufacturing of thousands of dollars of fake currency in three separate incidents over two years.

According to court records, Young leaped out of a Seattle hotel window to escape the cops when they arrived to serve a search warrant on Dec. 14, 2009 leaving behind equipment and some $12,000 in bogus bills. Undeterred, he moved his counterfeit operation to another hotel. King County Sheriff deputies raided his Shoreline hotel room on Feb. 13 of this year where they found more equipment and $10,609 in phony bills. Drug paraphernalia was also found in each hotel room. Young was finally arrested on a federal charge on March 24. He had some $2,000 in fake bills in his possession at the time. He plead guilty on May 25.

Federal prosecutor Matthew Diggs noted that Young has a 20-year criminal history with nine felony convictions for drug offenses, illegal weapons possession, burglary and assault. He said that Young used other drug addicts to help counterfeit currency and he mastered the skills necessary to produced large amounts. “Many of his bills are nearly impossible to differentiate from true currency,” Diggs wrote to the court.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service with assistance from the Seattle Police Department, King County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshal’s Service.

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