Duval County Men Plead Guilty To Manufacturing And Passing Counterfeit Currency
Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Christopher Jon Kirkland (41) and William Brinkley, Jr. (35), both of Jacksonville, yesterday pleaded guilty to manufacturing and aiding and abetting the passing of counterfeit Federal Reserve Notes. Each faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. As part of the plea agreement, both men agreed to forfeit the computer equipment used to manufacture the counterfeit currency.
Kirkland and Brinkley, Jr. were originally indicted on February 27, 2014.
According to the plea agreements, in approximately August 2013, Kirkland began manufacturing counterfeit $20 and $100 Federal Reserve Notes. Once Kirkland manufactured the counterfeit currency, Brinkley drove Kirkland around to various businesses in Florida and Georgia in order to pass the counterfeit currency. The two passed the counterfeit currency in order to obtain merchandise and reloadable gift cards. They also returned fraudulently-obtained merchandise in order to obtain genuine currency. From approximately August 2013 to December 2013, the men passed or attempted to pass approximately $32,600 in counterfeit currency in Florida, to include Duval County, St. Johns County, Volusia County, and Glynn County, Georgia. The currency was passed at locations including Target, CVS, Kirkland’s, Winn-Dixie, OfficeMax, Family Dollar, Old Navy, Lowe’s, Belk, and Dollar General.
Another co-defendant, Timothy Larry Malden, is charged in the same indictment. His case is scheduled to proceed at trial on September 2, 2014.
This case was investigated by United States Secret Service - Jacksonville Field Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Frein.