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Feds: California woman admits producing counterfeit $100 bills by bleaching $1 bills

October 26, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds: California woman admits producing counterfeit $100 bills by bleaching $1 bills

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A woman from California pleaded guilty to federal charges accusing her of producing counterfeit $100 bills and passing around $45,000 of the fake cash throughout Montana.

In a hearing on Tuesday, Misty Nicole Marcum, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of counterfeiting as part of a plea during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Billings. A second charge will be dropped at sentencing, the Billings Gazette reported.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Colin Rubich said Marcum relocated to Montana in 2015 and the plot took place from May 2015 to June 2016.

Marcum falsified $100 bills by washing and reprinting $1 bills, using solvents, bleach, and printers. A witness told investigators that Marcum would ask the witness to purchase her supplies for bleaching the money and that she was “constantly asking for $1 bills,” he stated.

An undercover informant also reported observing Marcum washing several bills and reprinting them into counterfeit $100 bills.

Individuals identified that was fraudulently passing out bills at various businesses, and surveillance footage from several businesses verified it was Marcum.

Marcum is facing 20 years behind bars and a $250,000 penalty.

U.S. District Judge Susan Watters scheduled sentencing for February 28th. Marcum remains in custody.

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