A Pismo Beach man pleaded guilty Monday to manufacturing counterfeit money and passing it off in Visalia, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said.
A vendor at the Visalia swap meet reported to authorities that someone was passing fake money, court documents said. The investigation led to Kenneth Dwayne Choate, 51, who had a motel room in Visalia.
A search found more than $30,000 in counterfeit bills, multiple printers, numerous boxes of drafting paper and printing and cutting supplies.
Choate is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 1, 2016, the DA said. He could face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service with assistance from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.