States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|February 16, 2010||
CITIZEN OF GUATEMALA WHO PASSED COUNTERFEIT CASH AT TWO CONNECTICUT CASINOS IS SENTENCED
Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOSE HUGO GRANILLO JORDAN, 33, a citizen of Guatemala last residing in Danbury, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Peter C. Dorsey in New Haven to approximately 21 months of imprisonment, time served, for passing counterfeit currency at Connecticut’s casinos. On May 19, 2009, JORDAN pleaded guilty to one count of possessing and uttering counterfeit United States Treasury Obligations.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on May 17, 2008, JORDAN and Marilu Ready, 38, of Danbury, traveled to the Foxwoods Casino with approximately $20,000 worth of counterfeit $100 bills that they had purchased. After entering the casino, JORDAN and Ready used 16 of the counterfeit $100 bills to purchase gaming chips. Shortly thereafter, Ready was arrested, at which time she was found in possession of four additional $100 counterfeit bills. A subsequent court-authorized search of JORDAN’s car revealed 179 counterfeit $100 bills.
The investigation revealed that, in the two weeks prior to May 17, 2008, JORDAN and Ready passed an additional $19,700 in counterfeit currency at the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casinos.
On January 12, 2010, Ready was sentenced to two years of probation for her role in the offense.
JORDAN and Ready have been ordered to pay restitution in the total amount of $21,300 to the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casinos.
This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Connecticut State Police. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David E. Novick.
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