Third Man Pleads Guilty In Counterfeit Currency Scheme
Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Timothy Larry Malden (44, Jacksonville) today pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the passing of counterfeit Federal Reserve notes. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. Christopher Jon Kirkland (41) and William Brinkley, Jr. (35), also of Jacksonville, pleaded guilty to the same offenses on June 5, 2014. They each face a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment. Sentencing dates have not yet been set.
According to the plea agreement, in approximately August 2013, Kirkland began manufacturing counterfeit $20 and $100 Federal Reserve notes. Once he manufactured the notes, Brinkley and Malden drove Kirkland around to various businesses in Florida or Georgia to pass the counterfeit currency. They passed the notes 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 three passed or attempted to pass approximately $32,600 in counterfeit currency throughout Florida and Georgia.
This case was investigated by United States Secret Service Jacksonville Field Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Frein.