Bakersfield woman sentenced to 2 and 1/2 years in prison for counterfeiting $100 bills

Shannon Johannsen faced a 25-year sentence

FRESNO, Calif. - A Bakersfield woman received a light sentence for counterfeiting and passing fake $100 bills.

Shannon Nicole Johannsen, 35, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill to two and a half years in prison for counterfeiting money and possessing images of currency for counterfeiting purposes.

According to court documents, from October 2012 to March 2013, Johannsen counterfeited $100 bills and other denominations.

She possessed computers, printers, paints, powders, cleaning agents, and numerous digital images of U.S. currency. On several occasions, Johannsen passed the counterfeit currency at retail stores and at a casino in Kern County.

This case was the product of an investigation by the United States Secret Service, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bakersfield Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Michael G. Tierney prosecuted.

She faced a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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