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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tobyhanna Man Sentenced To 21 Months Incarceration For Passing $8,500 In Counterfeit Currency In Area Casinos

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Jason Mitchell, age 31, Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, was sentenced yesterday to 21 months’ imprisonment by United States District Court Judge James M. Munley in Scranton for passing counterfeit currency in area casinos.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, Mitchell was charged in an indictment by a grand jury in November 2014 and pleaded guilty in September 2015 to conspiracy to pass counterfeit United States Federal Reserve Notes.  Mitchell and others conspired to receive, exchange, transfer, and pass approximately $8,500 in counterfeit $100 Federal Reserve Notes at the Mount Airy Casino in Mount Pocono, and the Mohegan Sun Casino in Plains on various dates in June 2014.

Also charged in the indictment with Mitchell are Andrew Turner, age 28, and Michael Turner, age 22, both from Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania.  Both are awaiting trial.

The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Gaming Enforcement.  Prosecution is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski.

         

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Updated February 4, 2016