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Bakersfield Woman Sentenced To 2.5 Years In Prison For Counterfeiting U.S. Currency

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California
FRESNO, Calif. —Shannon Nicole Johannsen, 35, of Bakersfield, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill to two and a half years in prison for counterfeiting U.S. currency and possessing images of currency for counterfeiting purposes, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, from October 2012 to March 2013, Johannsen counterfeited Federal Reserve Notes in $100 and other denominations. She possessed computers, printers, paints, powders, cleaning agents, and numerous digital images of U.S. currency. On several occasions, Johannsen passed the counterfeit currency at retail stores and at a casino in Kern County.

This case was the product of an investigation by the United States Secret Service, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bakersfield Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Michael G. Tierney prosecuted.

Updated March 8, 2016

Press Release Number: Docket #:  13-cr-171-LJO