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Tuesday, Apr 30 2013 01:51 PM

Bakersfield woman charged with counterfeiting money


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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