Minneapolis Man sentenced for passing counterfeit currency
Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Bertrand Edwards, 30, Minneapolis, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to two years in prison, followed by a three-year term of supervised release, for unlawfully passing counterfeit currency. Edwards pleaded guilty to this charge on July 24, 2012.
On October 4, 2011, Edwards and co-defendant Kelly Chandler checked into a Ramada Inn in Lake Delton, Wis.. Both men can be seen on video, with Edwards carrying a copier.
Later that same day, they passed three counterfeit $20.00 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 copier, $3,500 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 revealed they had also passed twenty dollar bills at a Kwik Trip and Taco Bell in Tomah, Wis.
Chandler was sentenced on July 18, 2012, to 33 months in prison for his role in the offense.
The charges against Edwards were the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Secret Service, Lake Delton Police Department and the Tomah Police Department. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow.
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