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Kern County Man Sentenced For Counterfeiting U.S. Currency

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

FRESNO, Calif. — Alfonso Castellon, 41, of Bakersfield, was sentenced today to two and a half years in prison by Senior United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii for counterfeiting U.S. currency and possessing images for counterfeiting purposes, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, from January 2011 to March 2014, Castellon created counterfeit Federal Reserve Notes in $100 and other denominations. In March 2014, a search of his residence revealed sample images of $100 bills and computer equipment, printers, and ink associated with counterfeiting, along with a flash drive containing images of $100 bills. Castellon estimated he produced approximately 20 counterfeit $100 bills per week, or approximately $100,000 per year.

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 the case.

Updated April 8, 2015

Press Release Number: Docket #: 1:14-cr-056 AWI