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Tuesday, Apr 30 2013 01:51 PM

Bakersfield woman charged with counterfeiting money

By BREAKING NEWS BLOG

Shannon Nicole Johannsen, 34, was arrested Tuesday at her home in Bakersfield on charges of counterfeiting U.S. currency.

According to the four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury last Thursday, from about October 2012 to March 2013 Johannsen, with intent to defraud, counterfeited Federal Reserve Notes in $100 and other denominations. She passed the notes at various businesses, including a casino in Bakersfield and a cellular phone store.

In March 2013, a search of her residence revealed digital images of $100 bills for use in counterfeiting activities.

If Johannsen is convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

- Office of U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, Eastern District of California

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