Martin Phillip Rose Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on May 30, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, MARTIN PHILLIP ROSE, a 38-year-old resident of Arizona, pled guilty to passing counterfeit money. Sentencing has been set for September 13, 2012. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On October 29, 2011, ROSE entered the a bar in Turah, ordered a beer, and asked the bartender if she could break a $100 bill. ROSE handed the bartender the note, which the bartender immediately recognized to be counterfeit because it was darker in color than it should have been and did not have color-shifting ink. The bartender noticed that ROSE had several $100 bills in his wallet that appeared to resemble the bill he was attempting to pass. The bartender took the bill to the manager of the bar, who confronted ROSE about its authenticity. ROSE tried to get the manager to return the bill, but she refused and told him she was calling 911. ROSE then quickly left the bar and drove away in a gray Chevy pickup.
A deputy from the Missoula County Sheriff's Office went to the bar to investigate the case and take custody of the counterfeit $100 bill. The bar manager told the deputy that she had removed the security strip from the bill, which read, "USA Five," indicating that the bill was originally a $5 bill that had probably been washed and re-printed. The deputy viewed the surveillance footage from the bar and observed a man matching ROSE's physical description quickly leave the bar and speed out of the parking lot.
The counterfeit currency was eventually turned over to the Secret Service. Based on additional witness interviews and additional instances of uttering counterfeit currency with the same serial number, ROSE was eventually identified and located in Idaho, where he was in custody on unrelated charges.
ROSE faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the U.S. Secret Service and the Missoula County Sheriff's Office.