UTAH MAN SENTENCED FOR PASSING FORGED CHECKS IN EASTERN IDAHO
Allen Russell, 41, of West Jordan, Utah, was sentenced today in Pocatello to 41 months in federal prison for passing forged obligations and securities, announced U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Russell to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term. Russell was ordered to pay restitution to 12 businesses in Pocatello and Idaho Falls, including motels, grocery stores and other retail businesses, where he passed counterfeit $20, $50 and $100 bills.
At his plea hearing on September 9, 2010, Russell admitted that on April 1, 2010, he tried to exchange a counterfeit $50 Federal Reserve Note for U.S. currency at a Hilton Garden Inn in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
The case was investigated by Idaho Falls Police Department and the United States Secret Service.
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