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Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Brian J. Davis today sentenced Christopher Brent Heath, (36, Bunnell), to six years in federal prison for manufacturing counterfeit Federal Reserve notes. As part of his sentence, the court ordered Heath to pay restitution to the victims he had defrauded and to forfeit computer media used in the crime. Heath, a 29-time convicted felon, had pleaded guilty on February 14, 2019. The court previously sentenced Christine Marie Beaulieu (37, Bunnell), Heath’s co-defendant, to seven months in federal prison for her role in passing the counterfeit notes.
According to court documents, in May 2018, Heath and Beaulieu were involved with passing counterfeit Federal Reserve notes in Flagler and Volusia Counties. On May 17, 2018, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the United States Secret Service – Jacksonville Field Office executed a search warrant at Beaulieu’s residence in Bunnell. Inside the residence they located computer media used to manufacture counterfeit bills and chemicals used for bleaching genuine money in furtherance of the counterfeiting process. Law enforcement recovered over $11,000 in counterfeit notes from the residence and attributed several thousand more to Heath and Beaulieu.
This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service - Jacksonville Field Office, the Ormond Beach Police Department, and the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Frein.