BELLEVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PASSING COUNTERFEIT BILLS
A Belleville man pled guilty today to a charge of passing counterfeit currency Stephen R. Wigginton, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today. Jesse M. Brucker, 31, faces up to twenty years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, and 3 years’ supervised release. Brucker admitted that on September 2, 2009, he passed bills that he knew were counterfeit at a Hardee’s restaurant and a Circle K convenience store, both in Belleville, Illinois. Evidence adduced at the plea showed that Brucker had not manufactured the bills, but had passed them knowing that they were not genuine.
Brucker’s sentencing is set for October 21, 2011.
The investigation was handled by the United States Secret Service. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin F. Burke.