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Sacramento Woman Sentenced For Making Counterfeit Currency

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nevada

RENO, Nev. – A California woman was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Miranda M. Du to 15 months in prison for making counterfeit $100 bills, then spending the counterfeit money at businesses in Northern Nevada, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre for the District of Nevada.

Yvonne Geneal Flores, 38, of Sacramento, Calif., pleaded guilty on Feb. 15, 2017, to one count of making counterfeit currency. Co-defendant Thomas Michael Morla, 42, pleaded guilty to making counterfeit currency and was sentenced on Oct. 31, 2016, to serve 18 months in prison.

According to the plea agreement, from Oct. 7, 2015 to May 5, 2016, Flores and Morla manufactured counterfeit $100 bills and spent the counterfeit money at various businesses in Reno, Sparks, and Carson City. In May 2016, law enforcement arrested Flores and Morla for possession of an embezzled rental car in Carson City. At the time of Morla’s arrest, he was in possession of counterfeit money. During the execution of a search warrant of Morla and Flores’ hotel room, law enforcement found equipment and supplies used to manufacture the counterfeit currency. Law enforcement collected approximately $50,000 in counterfeit $100 bills from businesses that can be attributed to Flores and Morla based on the similarities of the fraudulent notes.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and the Carson City Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian L. Sullivan.


Updated June 5, 2017