North Port Man Sentenced For Possessing And Making Counterfeit Currency
Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven today sentenced Peter Bonfiglio (28, North Port) to two years and one month in federal prison for making and possessing counterfeit Federal Reserve notes. He pleaded guilty on August 19, 2015.
According to court documents, Bonfiglio, together with his co-defendant, Jaret Santa, was arrested by deputies from the Sarasota County Sherriff’s Office after Bonfiglio tried to pay for merchandise at a retail store using a counterfeit $100 bill. Santa had supplied the note to Bonfiglio, who then tried to pass it at another store before deputies arrested them both. Following their arrests, the deputies located approximately $4,600 in counterfeit $100 bills in their car. Further investigation revealed that between January 5, 2015, and February 2, 2015, the pair had passed approximately $5,500 in counterfeit $100 bills at various stores and businesses.
Santa has previously pleaded guilty for his role in this case. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 6, 2016.
This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service with assistance from the Sarasota County Sherriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay Hoffer.