Melbourne Man Sentenced To More Than Three Years In Federal Prison For Stealing Social Security Benefits
Jacksonville, Florida – United States District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan has sentenced Christopher Jon Kirkland (42, Jacksonville) to two years and six months in federal prison for manufacturing counterfeit Federal Reserve notes. As part of his sentence, Kirkland has agreed to forfeit computer equipment that was used to manufacture the counterfeit currency. He was also ordered to pay restitution.
According to the plea agreement, in August 2013, Kirkland began manufacturing counterfeit $20 and $100 Federal Reserve notes. Once he manufactured the notes, his co-defendants, William Brinkley, Jr. and Timothy Larry Malden, drove him to various businesses in Florida and Georgia to pass the counterfeit currency. They passed the notes to obtain merchandise and reloadable gift cards. They also returned fraudulently obtained merchandise to obtain genuine currency. From approximately August 2013 to December 2013, the group passed or attempted to pass approximately $32,600 in counterfeit currency throughout Florida and Georgia.
Brinkley and Malden previously pleaded guilty for their roles in this case. On September 3, 2015, Brinkley was sentenced to 36 months’ probation. The sentencing hearing for Malden is scheduled for October 29, 2015.
This case was investigated by United States Secret Service Jacksonville Field Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Frein.