DOJ Seal Department of Justice  
United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902

UPSHUR COUNTY WOMAN GUILTY OF COUNTERFEITING

            TYLER, Texas – A 41-year-old Holly Lake Ranch, Texas woman has pleaded guilty to federal charges in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

            Dana Michelle Blackburn pleaded guilty to making counterfeit $100 bills today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.

            According to information presented in court, Blackburn admitted to making approximately one hundred $100 bills by copying the notes on a printer.  Some of the bills were passed in the Upshur County area.  Blackburn and another woman were indicted in February 2010 and charged with counterfeiting violations.

            Blackburn faces up to 20 years in federal prison at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set.

            This case is being investigated by the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Middleton.

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