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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Tennessee

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Madison Man Receives 45 Month Sentence For Counterfeiting

Calvin Strange, age 48, of Madison, Tennessee, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Aleta A.Trauger, to serve 45 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for using a counterfeiting device to produce counterfeit U.S. currency, announced David Rivera, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

On July 15, 2013, Strange pleaded guilty to possession of counterfeit currency.  Evidence offered at the plea hearing established that in August 2011 Strange possessed 26 uncut pages of paper with four counterfeit $5 bills on each page, as well as 144 additional counterfeit $5 bills.  In addition, Strange admitted that he knew that these bills were counterfeit and that he possessed a counterfeiting device or materials used for counterfeiting.

“Counterfeit currency causes great harm to a range of unknowing victims, from small, local businesses to large financial institutions,” said Acting U.S. Attorney David Rivera.  “This sentence should send a message that federal law enforcement will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute counterfeiting offenses.”

This case was investigated by agents of the United States Secret Service, with assistance from the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William F. Abely.

Updated March 19, 2015