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Minneapolis Man Sentenced for Passing Counterfeit Currency

July 18, 2012

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Kelly Chandler, 24, Minneapolis, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 33 months in prison, followed by a three-year term of supervised release, for unlawfully passing counterfeit currency. Chandler pleaded guilty to this charge on May 1, 2012.

On October 4, 2011, Chandler and co-defendant Bertrand Edwards checked into a Ramada Inn in Lake Delton, Wis. They were captured on video, with Edwards carrying a printer. Later that same day, they passed three counterfeit $20 bills at a Denny’s Restaurant. Police were called and Chandler was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Edwards was allowed to leave in the Chevy Blazer the two had been in.

Edwards was subsequently arrested in Dunn County for driving while drugged. In the Blazer, officers recovered a printer, $3500 in counterfeit currency, ink, a counterfeit detector pen, and other items consistent with the manufacturing of counterfeit currency. Some of the bills were still damp. The serial numbers matched those that had been passed at Denny’s. Further investigation also revealed they had passed counterfeit $20 bills at a Kwik Trip and Taco Bell in Tomah, Wis.

Edwards is scheduled to enter a guilty plea on July 24, 2012.

The charges against Chandler were the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Secret Service, Lake Delton Wisconsin Police Department and Tomah Police Department. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow.


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