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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Idaho

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Boise Man Sentenced For Passing Counterfeit $50 Notes In Several Idaho Communities

BOISE – William W. Hanson, 35, of Boise, Idaho, was sentenced today in United States District Court to 15 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for passing counterfeit obligations and securities, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Hanson to pay $1,550 in restitution to the victims and pay a $100 special assessment. He pleaded guilty to the charge on June 10, 2013.

According to the plea agreement, on March 26, 2013, Hanson passed a counterfeit $50 Federal Reserve Note at a restaurant in Cambridge, Idaho. Hanson admitted to knowing the note was in fact a $5 note that had been bleached and printed to look like a $50 note. Later that day, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested Hanson in possession of four additional $5 notes that were bleached and reprinted to look like $50 notes. A subsequent investigation found that prior to his arrest, beginning on approximately March 10, Hanson passed 30 similar counterfeit $50 notes in Burley, Twin Falls, Boise, Garden City, Nampa, Eden, Horseshoe Bend, Donnelly, McCall, New Meadows, Council, and Cambridge, Idaho. Hanson agreed to pay restitution to the victims.

The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Updated December 15, 2014