Two Elkins men plead guilty to participating in counterfeit money scheme
CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Robert R. Teter, 30, and Jonathan J. Ross, 30, both of Elkins, West Virginia, pled guilty in federal court in Clarksburg today to fraudulently using counterfeit money to obtain authentic currency and other goods, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.
Teter and Ross repeatedly exchanged counterfeit money in order to obtain authentic United States currency, debit cards, and merchandise in Harrison County, West Virginia in late 2014.
Both men pled guilty today to one count of “Uttering Counterfeit Obligations or Securities – Aiding and Abetting.” They each face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Montoro prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The United States Secret Service, the Clarksburg, West Virginia Police Department, and the West Virginia State Police investigated.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi.