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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Bakersfield Woman Pleads Guilty to Counterfeiting U.S. Currency

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Docket #: 13-cr-00171-LJO



FRESNO, Calif. —Shannon Nicole Johannsen, 35, of Bakersfield, pleaded guilty today to counterfeiting U.S. currency and possessing images of currency for counterfeiting purposes, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, from October 2012 to March 2013, Johannsen counterfeited Federal Reserve Notes in $100 and other denominations. She possessed computers, printers, paints, powders, cleaning agents, and numerous digital images of U.S. currency. On several occasions, Johannsen passed the counterfeit currency at retail stores and at a casino in Kern County.

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. Johannsen remains in custody pending sentencing.

Johannsen is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill on February 3, 2014. Johannsen faces a maximum statutory penalty of 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.



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