A California woman suspected of making and passing fake money throughout Montana denied federal charges on Tuesday in Billings.

Misty Nicole Marcum, 38, of Bakersfield, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging her with counterfeiting and with passing counterfeit money during an appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Cavan.

The indictment accuses Marcum of making about 427 fake $100 bills from about May 2015 to June 2016 in Billings and Bozeman and of passing the counterfeit bills at Billings, Laurel, Columbus, Big Timber, Livingston, Judith Gap, Bozeman, Belgrade, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Missoula and Hamilton.

If convicted, Marcum faces a maximum 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Cavan ordered Marcum to remain in custody pending trial. The case will be heard by U.S. District Judge Susan Watters.

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