A California woman admitted federal charges accusing her of making fake $100 bills and passing about $45,000 of the counterfeit money throughout Montana.
Misty Nicole Marcum, 38, of Bakersfield, California, pleaded guilty to one count of counterfeiting as part of a plea deal during a hearing on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Billings. A second charge is to be dismissed at sentencing.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Colin Rubich said Marcum moved to Montana in 2015 and the scheme ran from about May 2015 to June 2016.
Marcum counterfeited $100 bills by washing and reprinting $1 bills, using solvents, bleach and printers, Rubich said. A witness told law enforcement that Marcum would ask the witness to buy her supplies for bleaching legitimate bills and that she was “constantly asking for $1 bills,” he said.
And undercover informant also reported witnessing Marcum washing several bills and reprinting them into fake $100s, Rubich said.
Individuals identified Marcum as fraudulently passing bills at various Montana businesses, and surveillance video from several businesses confirmed it was Marcum, Rubich said.
The indictment accused Marcum with passing the counterfeit money in Billings, Bozeman, Laurel, Columbus, Big Timber, Livingston, Judith Gap, Belgrade, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Missoula and Hamilton.
Marcum faces a maximum 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
U.S. District Judge Susan Watters set sentencing for Feb. 28. Marcum remains in custody.