Billings woman gets prison for counterfeiting scheme

2012-10-01T13:59:00Z 2012-10-02T08:06:09Z Billings woman gets prison for counterfeiting schemeGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A Billings woman who admitted using counterfeit money to pay for a Western Union wire will spend more than five years in federal prison.

Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull on Sept. 27 sentenced Jeri Lynn Milheim, 32, to five years and 10 months in prison and ordered her to pay $1,795 restitution.

Milheim and two other co-defendants, Kelly Reneelynn Sanderson of Billings and Cynthia Ann Rickford of Roundup, were charged in a scheme to pass fake money in the Billings area from February to May last year.

Milheim pleaded guilty to transactions with counterfeit currency and to conspiring to possess methamphetamine for distribution. Prosecutors said Milheim sent a Western Union wire to Las Vegas in February 2011 and tried to pay for it with $340 in fake $20 notes.

The transaction was part of a larger scheme in which $2,637 in fake Federal Reserve notes were passed or seized.

Milheim also brought meth for redistribution from Las Vegas to Billings and conspired with others in Yellowstone County to distribute the drug, the prosecutor said.

Sanderson and Rickford each were sentenced to four months in prison for their roles in the counterfeiting scheme.

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  1. Dave Bovee
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    Dave Bovee - October 03, 2012 5:05 pm
    Jeez, too much of your personal experience, Bessie.
  2. billmillerjr
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    billmillerjr - October 03, 2012 5:52 am
    not to worry--she will be out in less than 6 months-----
  3. KowgirlKaitlynn
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    KowgirlKaitlynn - October 02, 2012 2:31 pm
    You go right ahead and do that, and prove you are no smarter than she is. Nothing like "hitting" a gal that is into drug dealing. She probably gets her fixes by having "encounters" with "lonely gentlemen". It is all fun and games until you have that annoying itch or burning sensation.
  4. 59102resident
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    59102resident - October 02, 2012 2:07 pm
    I'D HIT IT
  5. caddawg
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    caddawg - October 02, 2012 5:39 am
    Pedro I could not have said it any better. The mark of a failing country is the debasing of it's currency. Our coins are made of zinc and our paper money is nothing more than paper and the American public could care less as long as they have their NFL, NBA, DVR, CELL PHONES AND VIDEO GAMES.
  6. exeterhunyocker
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    exeterhunyocker - October 01, 2012 8:16 pm
    No wonder we have two million people in jail in this country. With criminals addicted to drugs its a sinch to catch them. They have colleges and universities dedicated to learning how to catch crooks like her and all her unloyal drug-addicted buddies. She didn't get far. $2,600 bucks is chump change. If you can't even pull that amount off without getting caught, you really suck as a criminal and as a person in general.
  7. Pedro_Says
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    Pedro_Says - October 01, 2012 5:25 pm
    So, 5 years for $2,637 in counterfeiting. Based on that standard, the Bernanke has several eternities to spend in prison. What a scam.
  8. curtrox
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    curtrox - October 01, 2012 5:24 pm
    That smirk just shows everyone how stupid she really is. Sheesh.... bet her parents are so proud.
  9. FlippySide
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    FlippySide - October 01, 2012 4:01 pm
    Bet that wiped that smirk off her face.

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