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Friday, February 22, 2019

Nebraska Man Sentenced for Passing and Uttering a Counterfeit Check of a Political Subdivision

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Joseph M. Calhoun, age 34, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, for one count of Passing and Uttering a Counterfeit Check of a Political Subdivision.  The Honorable Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Calhoun to five months’ imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.  After completing his term of imprisonment, Calhoun will begin a three-year term of supervised release.  Calhoun must pay $14,346 in restitution.   

On January 11, 2018, co-conspirators printed three counterfeit checks payable to Calhoun.  The counterfeit checks falsely indicated that they were from the Housing Authority of the City of North Platte.  Calhoun traveled to banks in Lincoln and Omaha and cashed the checks.  The three counterfeit checks totaled $14,346.  After cashing the checks, Calhoun provided the money to the co-conspirators who had printed the checks.  The co-conspirators paid Calhoun for cashing the counterfeit checks.  In cashing the counterfeit checks, Calhoun intentionally defrauded the First National Bank and Trust of North Platte Nebraska.

The case was investigated by the Omaha Police Department.

Financial Fraud
Updated March 1, 2019