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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Bakersfield Woman Arrested for Counterfeiting U.S. Currency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
 

Docket #: 1:13-cr-171-LJO

 

 

FRESNO, Calif. — Shannon Nicole Johannsen, 34, was arrested today at her home in Bakersfield on charges of counterfeiting U.S. currency, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. She is scheduled to be arraigned today at 2:30 p.m. in federal court in Bakersfield before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston.

According to the four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury last Thursday, from about October 2012 to March 2013, Johannsen, with intent to defraud, counterfeited Federal Reserve Notes in $100 and other denominations. She passed the notes at various businesses, including a casino in Bakersfield and a cellular phone store.

In March 2013, a search of her residence revealed digital images of $100 bills for use in counterfeiting activities.

This case is the product of an investigation by the United States Secret Service, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bakersfield Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Michael G. Tierney is prosecuting the case.

If Johannsen is convicted, she faces a maximum statutory penalty of 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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