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Vallejo Man Sentenced to Two Years and Nine Months in Prison for Passing Counterfeit Currency

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — John Lamont Winn, 53, of Vallejo, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley to two years and nine months in prison for passing counterfeit $100 bills, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

Winn was convicted by a jury on May 3, 2018 after a four-day trial. According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, on June 13, 2017, Winn and two associates passed approximately $6,600 over six transactions in less than one hour at a casino in Lincoln. Those bills were detected as counterfeit by the casino’s bank. On June 16, 2017, Winn and another associate passed approximately $29,200 in counterfeit currency at two banks in Vallejo. The bills were held aside by the bank on the basis of their appearance, and they were later determined by the Secret Service to be counterfeit. Winn was also ordered to pay a total of $16,600 in restitution to the casino and bank.

This case was the product of an investigation by the United States Secret Service. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Matthew G. Morris and Quinn Hochhalter prosecuted the case.

Updated August 2, 2018

Financial Fraud
Press Release Number: 2:17-cr-233 TLN