BOISE – A Boise man who admitted passing counterfeit $50 bills in a dozen communities across Idaho will spend 15 months in prison for his crimes.
William W. Hanson, 35, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge.
In addition to the prison time, the judge ordered Hanson to pay $1,550 in restitution to the victims. He pleaded guilty on June 10, 2013.
According to the plea agreement, Hanson used a counterfeit $50 bill to buy a cup of coffee at the Roundup Coffee Shop in Cambridge on March 26, 2013. He admitted knowing that it was $5 bill that had been bleached and printed to look like a $50 note.
Hanson was arrested later that day by Washington County Sheriff’s deputies and was in the possession of four additional phony $50 bills.
Authorities say that beginning on March 10, 2013, Hanson passed 30 similar counterfeit $50 bills in Burley, Twin Falls, Boise, Garden City, Nampa, Eden, Horseshoe Bend, Donnelly, McCall, New Meadows, Council, and Cambridge, Idaho. Hanson agreed to pay restitution to the victims.
The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.