Bakersfield woman arrested for counterfeiting money


A Bakersfield woman was arrested for counterfeiting money, according to officials.

On April 30, Shannon Nicole Johannsen, 34, was arrested at her home in Bakersfield on charges of counterfeiting U.S. currency, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

She is scheduled to be arraigned today at 2:30 p.m. in federal court in Bakersfield before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston.

According to the four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury last Thursday, from about October 2012 to March 2013, Johannsen, with intent to defraud, counterfeited Federal Reserve Notes in $100 and other denominations. She passed the notes at various businesses, including a casino in Bakersfield and a cellular phone store.

In March 2013, a search of her residence revealed digital images of $100 bills for use in counterfeiting activities.

If Johannsen is convicted, she faces a maximum statutory penalty of 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 


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