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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Draper Woman Sentenced to Four Years Imprisonment After Passing $35 in Counterfeit Currency

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – A local woman, who previously pled guilty to a pair of federal counterfeiting charges, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced today.

Kendra Lane Dalton, 38, of Draper, Virginia, was serving a sentence of supervised release from a 2014 conviction for possessing and passing counterfeit currency when she was arrested in November 2015 after passing $35 in counterfeit currency at convenience stores in Abingdon and Washington County, Virginia.  At the time of her arrest, she was in possession of almost $1,300 in additional counterfeit bills. 

She pled guilty in February 2016 to two counts of possessing and attempting to use counterfeit United States currency. Today in District Court, Dalton was sentenced to two years imprisonment on those charges and an additional two years for violating the terms of her supervised release.  The sentences are to be served consecutively.  She was also ordered to repay the stores.

“Defending and protecting the integrity of our currency is imperative to maintaining the public’s trust in government,” United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. said today.

According to evidence presented at previous hearings by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer R. Bockhorst, Dalton admitted that on two separate occasions, November 8, 2015 and November 9, 2015, she attempted to pass counterfeit U.S. currency.  At the sentencing hearing, Dalton also admitted to having manufactured the counterfeit currency in her possession.                                                                                                       

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer R. Bockhorst prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated April 19, 2016