Using Counterfeit Money in Pennsylvania? See You in Federal Court

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 17, 2023 | 0 Comments

Counterfeiting is a serious crime that comes in many forms. Handbags, jewelry, watches, sneakers, and art are popular fodder for counterfeiters. Creating or using counterfeit money is another common form of this crime.

While some counterfeiting crimes violate Pennsylvania state law, using counterfeit money in the state is a federal offense that can land offenders in jail for a long time. The story of two New York men who were indicted for using counterfeit money in Pennsylvania provides a good example of what's at stake.

Over the course of several weeks, two men from Brooklyn used counterfeit $20 bills to pay for merchandise at 16 different stores in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The men were indicted for using and conspiring to use counterfeit money and face up to 20 years in jail.

Using Counterfeit Money in Pennsylvania Is a Federal Crime

Using counterfeit money in Pennsylvania is a federal crime that triggers the federal criminal process. This means that anyone charged with using counterfeit money in Pennsylvania can expect to appear not in state court but in federal court in one of the state's three federal districts: the Eastern District, the Middle District, and the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Federal court processes and procedures are different from those of Pennsylvania's state courts and the state court system. It's critical for anyone facing federal counterfeiting charges to be aware of the differences and familiarize themselves with federal practices and procedures in order to mount a successful defense.

Using Counterfeit Money in Pennsylvania Can Lead To Severe Penalties

Federal law penalizes the use of counterfeit money – both paper currency and coins – and it also penalizes the creation of counterfeit money and the creation of tools that can be used to create counterfeit money. Counterfeiting can also be thought of as a form of forgery.

The crime of using counterfeit money in Pennsylvania carries the potential penalty of fines and up to 20 years in jail.

The LLF Law Firm Can Help Anyone Accused of Counterfeiting In Pennsylvania

Counterfeiting is a serious crime that can saddle offenders with hefty fines and land them in jail for a long time. Moreover, the stigma of being a counterfeiter can ruin one's personal and professional reputation and can wreak havoc on one's livelihood and future. Because counterfeiting is a federal offense, It's critical for anyone accused of counterfeiting in Pennsylvania to work with a team who is knowledgeable about federal court practice and procedure.

The LLF Law Firm Federal Criminal Defense Team has years of experience representing clients throughout Pennsylvania in federal court. If you are facing counterfeiting charges, we can help. We will assess your case and work with you to create a strategy that will achieve the best possible outcome for you. Contact the LLF Law Firm at 888-535-3686. 

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