Hillsville Woman Charged with Uttering Counterfeit Checks
Regina Hill Faces Possible 30 Year Prison Term
ABINGDON, VIRGINIA -- A 37-year-old Hillsville woman was indicted this week by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia on charges that she repeatedly deposited counterfeit checks at local banks.
The grand jury has charged Regina Hines Hill with three counts of possessing or uttering a counterfeit security. If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000 on each of the three counts.
According to the indictment, on November 14, 2010, Hill deposited a forged and counterfeit check purporting to be from the First Hawaiian Bank online in the amount of $1,480. On January 3, 2011, Hill deposited a forged and counterfeit check purporting to be a Fifth Third Bank cashier’s check in the amount of $22,100.
On March 1, 2011 and March 14, 2011, Hill was allegedly in possession of approximately $500,000 in forged and counterfeit cashier’s checks from Huntington National Bank, BB&T Bank and M&T Bank.
The investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Secret Service and the Hillsville Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Bockhorst will prosecute the case for the United States.
A Grand Jury indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.