Jeri Lynn Milheim Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on May 31, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, JERI LYNN MILHEIM, a 32-year-old resident of Billings, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute and uttering counterfeit obligations. Sentencing has been set for August 30, 2012. She is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica T. Fehr, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
Between February 12, 2011 and May 16, 2011, a total of $2,637 in counterfeit Federal Reserve Notes were passed and/or seized ($1,590 passed, $1,047 seized) in and around Billings, Montana. The Federal Reserve Notes passed from February to May 2011 involved eighteen different serial numbers on the counterfeit money - in denominations of $1, $5, $20, and $100 bills.
During its investigation, law enforcement learned that two individuals linked to MILHEIM were responsible for manufacturing the counterfeit money that was passed in Billings from February to May of 2011. Additionally, law enforcement learned that MILHEIM was present when counterfeit Federal Reserve Notes were manufactured by others during a stay at a Billings motel in mid-February 2011. The cleaning staff at the motel confirmed for law enforcement that a printer/scanner was found in a room in February, along with a page of uncut counterfeit Federal Reserve Notes.
On February 22, 2011, MILHEIM sent a Western Union from Billings, Montana, to Las Vegas, Nevada. MILHEIM presented $340 in counterfeit $20 bills to Western Union to pay for the wire. Each of the $20 bills presented to Western Union were counterfeit Federal Reserve Notes. Four of the counterfeit Federal Reserve Notes presented to Western Union were marked with Serial No. II08725279A. MILHEIM knew the bills she presented were counterfeit.
During the same period of time MILHEIM was involved with counterfeiting, Summer of 2009 to Spring of 2011, she was also obtaining methamphetamine from a source of supply in Las Vegas. The investigation discovered that MILHEIM personally transported quantities of methamphetamine for redistribution in Yellowstone County from Las Vegas, Nevada in vehicles and on her person. Once the methamphetamine was transported to Billings, Montana, MILHEIM conspired with others in Yellowstone County to redistribute the methamphetamine. The investigation uncovered that from the Summer of 2009 to the Spring of 2011, MILHEIM conspired with others to redistribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.
MILHEIM faces possible penalties of a minimum mandatory five years in prison up to forty years in prison, a $5,000,000 fine, and at least five years supervised release.
The investigation was conducted by a cooperative effort between the United States Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Billings High Intensity Drug
Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.