Man sentenced in counterfeit bill scheme

California man washed the ink off $1 bills and reprinted them to look like $100 bills.


State News

March 10, 2020 - 9:45 AM

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A California man has been sentenced to three years in prison for washing the ink off $1 bills in a Kansas hotel room and reprinting them to look like $100 bills. 

The U.S. attorney’s office says 51-year-old John Sebestyen, of Mission Viejo, California, also was ordered Monday to pay nearly $20,000 in restitution. Two other co-defendants previously were sentenced in the case.

They were caught after an Overland Park hotel employee reported seeing them throwing trash away in containers that weren’t near their rooms. Prosecutors say the suspects were trying to dispose of evidence that they were altering money.

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