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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