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Georgetown woman sentenced to 2 years in prison for manufacturing counterfeit money

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

ALEXANDRIA, La. Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a Georgetown woman was sentenced Wednesday to 24 months in prison for making fake U.S. $20 bills.


Gena Armstrong, 20, of Georgetown, La., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell on one count of manufacturing counterfeit U.S. securities. She was also sentenced to two years of supervised release. According to the June 16, 2017 guilty plea, Armstrong bought a copy machine and paper on March 29, 2016 from an Alexandria office supply business. While a friend drover her around the city, Armstrong copied a genuine $20 bill and began printing counterfeit money. In total, she printed a two-sided cut $20 bill, 30 two-sided uncut $20 bills and nine one-sided uncut $20 bills. While driving through the city, the friend stopped at a convenience store, and Armstrong gave the friend the counterfeit $20 bill to make a purchase.


The U.S. Secret Service and the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tennille M. Gilreath is prosecuting the case.

Updated September 14, 2017

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