counterfeiting ring

Rocklin man pleads guilty to counterfeiting

100 Hundred Dollar BillsSACRAMENTO, CA – The Rocklin man who was arrested back in July, after one Roseville Police Officers relentless work, has pleaded guilty to possessing counterfeit U.S. currency.

According to United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, 36-year-old Bobby Jones-Hanley pleaded guilty today.

Read: Relentless police work leads to counterfeiting operation

According to court documents, on July 12, 2013, at approximately 1:35 a.m., a Roseville police officer stopped the vehicle that Jones-Hanley was driving. Stating that he did not have a driver’s license with him, Jones-Hanley provided the officer with a school identification card in the name of “Benjamin Hanley.”

During a search of the vehicle, officers found what appeared to be burglary tools. Hanley and his passenger were arrested for possession of burglary tools and conspiracy, booked and fingerprinted at the Placer County Jail, and later released. Later that morning, the police department received fingerprint results revealing that the person purporting to be “Benjamin Hanley” was in fact Bobby Jones-Hanley, who was on probation and wanted on a no-bail arrest warrant.

Officers of the Roseville and Sacramento Police Departments traveled to a residence in Sacramento where Jones-Hanley was believed to be staying, but Jones-Hanley fled out the back of the house and was apprehended by a police K-9 unit in an adjacent yard.

Also according to court documents, during a search of Hanley’s vehicle, officers found stacks of high-quality counterfeit $100 bills totaling nearly $250,000, approximately $100,000 in uncut sheets of paper, approximately $14,000 more of a slightly lesser-quality counterfeit currency, and other items that could be used to manufacture counterfeit currency. In total, Jones-Hanley had manufactured roughly $500,000 in counterfeit currency and had sold approximately $150,000 in fake $100 bills in Southern California.

This case is the product of an investigation by the United States Secret Service that originated with the Roseville and Sacramento Police Departments. Assistant United States Attorney Nirav Desai is prosecuting the case.

Jones-Hanley is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Lawrence K. Karlton on February 25, 2014. The charges to which Jones-Hanley pleaded guilty carry a maximum statutory penalty of 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and the plea agreement contemplates a seven year sentence. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.


Relentless police work leads to counterfeiting operation

100 Hundred Dollar BillsROSEVILLE, CA – A traffic stop in Roseville has led to the discovery of a major counterfeiting operation in Sacramento.

According to the Roseville Police Department a routine traffic stop has led to the shutdown of a large counterfeiting operation in Sacramento.

It all started in the early morning hours of July 12, when a Roseville Police Officer noticed a vehicle with no license plates or registration in the area of Harding and Douglas Boulevards.

When officers pulled over the vehicle they performed a search and discovered burglar tools (those things burglars use) and other suspicious items, including several suspected counterfeit $100 bills.Roseville Police Badge

Officers interviewed the occupants of the vehicle, a male and his female companion, and safely concluded that the two were up to no good. The pair were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and possessing burglar tools. After the two were booked and released, officers discovered that the male had actually fibbed about his identity.

Once officers realized the true identity of the man who couldn’t keep up his vehicle registration, they discovered that the Auburn resident, really known as 35-year-old Bobby Louis Jones-Hanley, had an outstanding felony arrest warrant out of Sacramento County and he was also on searchable probation.

Score!

Now for the relentless part.

Roseville officers along with the Sacramento Police Department went to a home on Janice Avenue in Sacramento to re-arrest the biggest liar north of the Sacramento River. Taking advantage of the searchable probation, officers discovered $350,000 in counterfeit money, paper, printers, and other equipment consistent with a counterfeit bill-making operation. Officers notified the U.S. Secret Service, and agents responded to continue the investigation.

Jone-Hanley is now being held solidly behind bars on suspicion of forgery without bail on charges of fraud, possession of stolen property and other related charges.

Roseville Police Chief Daniel Hahn said, “I always encourage our officers to be relentless problem solvers, and this case is a great example.  First our officer stopped a suspicious car in a commercial area in the middle of the night, and found burglar’s tools.  He probably protected some of our businesses from being burglarized.  Then when the officer found out later he’d been given a bogus name, he wasn’t content to wait–he followed the suspect all the way to Sacramento that very morning to hold him accountable, and ended up finding a major counterfeiting operation.”

Many of you may be wondering who the responsible officer is. The Roseville Police Department hasn’t released his name, but we heard he wears a cape.

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