A Brookings man accused of passing counterfeit $20 bills is now facing federal charges.
United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell says 27-year-old Julian Huffman has been indicted with two counts of Making Counterfeit U.S. Currency and two counts of Passing Counterfeit U.S. Currency.
Huffman appeared before a U.S. Magistrate last week and pleaded not guilty to the charges. The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine.
The Indictment alleges that between September and November, Huffman falsely made, forged, and counterfeited five 20-dollar Federal Reserve Notes. The Indictment also alleges he passed the five bogus bills at local businesses.
According to Brookings Police, a search of Huffman’s residence uncovered counterfeit money and manufacturing supplies.
The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Secret Service, the Brookings Police Department, and the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office.
December 12, 2022