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Punxsutawney Woman Sentenced To Probation With Home Detention For Counterfeiting Scheme

September 19 , 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Punxsutawney, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to 30 months probation including three months home detention on her conviction of a charge of conspiracy, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Terrence F. McVerry imposed the sentence on Tessa R. Hartless, 35.

According to information presented to the court, Hartless and four other co-conspirators engaged in the manufacturing and use of thousands of dollars in counterfeit money throughout Western Pennsylvania.  Hartless and her co-conspirators would knowingly use counterfeit money at convenience stores to buy items that were minimal in value in order to receive substantial amounts of genuine currency as change.

Assistant United States Attorney James T. Kitchen prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the United States Secret Service for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Hartless.

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