Las Cruces Couple Plead Guilty to Printing Money on Home Printer

LAS CRUCES, NM (KTSM) - Two Las Cruces residents plead guilty to printing counterfeit money on a home computer and using the money to purchase goods at several Las Cruces area stores.

Andrew Barnett, 36, and Summer Provencio, 36, both plead guilty to conspiring to create and pass counterfeit U.S. Currency in federal court Monday. By entering the guilty pleas, they each face a maximum of five years in federal prison.

The two along with co-defendants Victoria Perez, 41, and Patrick Fernandez, 33, were all charged in a 183-count indictment filed in February accusing them with conspiring to create U.S. Currency from April 2016 through September 2016.

Barnett admitted to creating $5 bills by scanning a real $5 bill and printing copies on a home printer. Barnett then gave the bills to Provencio who used the bills to pay for hair and nail products at a Las Cruces beauty supply store.

Barnett then created about 125 counterfeit $20 bills by again printing copies on a home printer and using the money to make purchases at a Las Cruces auto salvage business.

Provencio also plead guilty to using the $5 bills that Barnett created to buy the products at the beauty supply store.

The case was investigated by LCPD, Las Cruces Homeland Security. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Balla of the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Perez and Fernandez have entered not guilty pleas to the charges in the indictment.

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