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Sioux Falls Man Sentenced for Counterfeiting

June 18, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Sioux Falls man charged with Making Counterfeit United States Currency was sentenced on June 18, 2012, by Chief US District Judge Karen E. Schreier. Carlos Ambriz, Jr., age 23, was sentenced to 24 months in custody and ordered to pay $320 in restitution.

Ambriz was indicted for Making Counterfeit United States Currency by a federal grand jury on January 10, 2012. On December 9, 2011, Carlos Ambriz, Jr., made counterfeit currency using a computer printer in Sioux Falls. He used the printer to make counterfeit $5 and $20 bills, and then passed them at various businesses in Sioux Falls. Some of the bills were used to pay for a hotel room, where he intended to print more counterfeit bills. However, a hotel clerk detected the phony money and contacted law enforcement. Ambriz, Jr. was arrested a short time later by Sioux Falls Police. He pled guilty on March 26, 2012.

This case was investigated by the Sioux Falls Police Department and the United States Secret Service. Assistant US Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper prosecuted the case.

Ambriz was immediately turned over to the custody of the US Marshal.



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