Central Texas man who printed bogus bills sentenced to prison

Published: Nov. 30, 2018 at 12:22 PM CST
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A Temple man was sentenced Thursday in federal court after he earlier pleaded guilty to counterfeiting U.S. currency.

U.S. District Judge Alan D. Albright sentenced Richard Samuel Steen to serve 41 months on each of two counts concurrently in the Federal Bureau of Prisons to be followed by three years on supervised release, and ordered him to pay a $500 fine and $100 in special assessment to the court.

The indictment against Steen included two counts, each one involving counterfeit $10 bills that prosecutors say Steen designed and printed on a computer printer.

An affidavit admitted into evidence shows “On February 8, 2018, Maria Mendez Murillo was arrested in Temple for attempting to pass counterfeit currency to the clerk at a Temple 7-11 Store.”

Police arrested the woman who, during interrogation, told officers Steen had given her the bogus “sawbucks”, who told her to spend them.

Police recovered $755 in bogus $10s from her purse.

Murillo provided police with a description and an address for Steen and a few days later federal agents descended on his Temple house with a search warrant.

Agents questioned Steen at his home and he told Secret Service agents he’d printed about $1,800 in counterfeit currency over the past two months.

Steen also told agents he’d given fake money to Murillo and to John Steele, and had tried to sell some of the fake cash to various local drug dealers.

Several items of evidence were seized, including counterfeit currency, printers, and a paper cutter, the affidavit said.

The federal court system PACER has no data for anyone with Murillo’s name, but it shows Steele was arrested, then indicted on March 13, currently is in federal custody and has a trial date set for Jan. 22, 2019.