WHITNEY (March 27, 2014) A Hill County man was sentenced Wednesday federal prison time after he earlier pleaded guilty to making, possessing and passing counterfeit U.S. $100 bills.
U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr., ordered Troy Dean Borth to serve one year and one day in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years on supervised release, pay a $500 fine and $100 in special assessment to the court.
A document presented at Borth’s plea hearing shows Whitney police were sent on November 25, 2013, to a Chicken Express restaurant in the city after an employee reported receiving what was believed to be a bogus $100 bill as payment for an order.
The employee reported the man who passed the bill left the restaurant in a maroon pick up truck driving northbound on Farm-to-Market Road 933.
Police were able to locate the truck and stop the driver.
As officers were searching the vehicle and the driver, they found what was described as a number of bills in the man’s pocket, all of which turned out to be photocopies of U.S. $100 bills.
The document says the suspect admitted he had made the counterfeit copies because he was experiencing financial troubles and didn’t know what else to do.