Man accused of passing bogus bills in area moves closer to trial

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A counterfeiting case on the U.S. District Court's docket was transferred to the magistrate's court on Wednesday, but no hearings for John Paul Steele have yet been set.

District Judge Alan D. Albright signed the transfer order, but the issue had not yet made its way to Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske's docket by the close of the day.

The factual basis filed in the case says Steele faces two counts of passing counterfeit Federal Reserve notes, a $50 and a $20, "which he then knew to be falsely made, forged and counterfeited."

On "February 9, 2018, the United States Secret Service was notified that the defendant, John Paul Steele, was arrested in Temple, Texas, attempting to pass counterfeit currency at Batteries + Bulbs on General Bruce Drive," the factual basis says.

Steele, in both counts, admitted he knew the money was counterfeit and said he was there when another man printed the bogus currency.