Guilty Plea in Inyo County Counterfeiting Scheme
FRESNO, Calif. —Gabriel Michael Anderson, 30, of Corona, pleaded guilty today to possession of analog, digital, and electronic images of U.S. obligations and securities, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According to court documents, on October 11, 2014, after a routine traffic stop by the California Highway Patrol in Big Pine, Anderson was found to be in possession of counterfeit U.S. $100 bills. During a search of a storage shed where Anderson was storing his belongings, law enforcement officers found evidence related to the manufacturing of counterfeit bills, including cut and uncut counterfeit bills, copies of security devices including watermarks and security strips, and computers. Anderson admitted that he had manufactured approximately $50,000 in counterfeit bills over the past 10 years.
This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service and the California Highway Patrol. Assistant United States Attorney Mark J. McKeon is prosecuting the case.
Anderson is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Dale A. Drozd on October 17, 2016. Anderson faces a maximum statutory penalty of 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.