Kelly Reneelynn Sanderson Sentenced in U.S. District Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on September 13, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, KELLY RENEELYNN SANDERSON, a 24-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. SANDERSON was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 4 months
- Special Assessment: $100
- Restitution: $1,795.00
- Supervised Release: 2 years
SANDERSON was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to uttering counterfeit obligations and securities.
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. 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.
The investigation discovered that SANDERSON occasionally dates an individual, T.F. T.F. informed law enforcement that SANDERSON and Cynthia Ann Rickford told him they tried to use counterfeit at several locations in Billings. T.F. was present with SANDERSON and Rickford when they passed counterfeit currency.
On February 3, 2011, SANDERSON attempted to pass a $100 counterfeit Federal Reserve Note, at the Lucky Grand Casino in Billings. SANDERSON knew the $100 bill was counterfeit. SANDERSON was attempting to pass the counterfeit currency to obtain valid currency as "change" for the transaction.
Surveillance and the casino clerk confirmed SANDERSON was the individual that possessed and attempted to pass the counterfeit money.
On February 23, 2011, SANDERSON was stopped by law enforcement because she matched the description of an individual attempting to use counterfeit Federal Reserve Notes in Billings during the month of February. Following the stop, law enforcement obtained a search warrant and searched SANDERSON's car. Law enforcement found $74 in counterfeit bills in SANDERSON's jacket pocket and $927 in counterfeit bills in her vehicle.
Cynthia Ann Rickford pled guilty to federal charges and has been sentenced.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that SANDERSON will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, SANDERSON does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.
The investigation was conducted by the United States Secret Service.