Woman sentenced in counterfeit bill investigation


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The first of two people arrested in connection with an investigation into more than 40 counterfeit bills passed in Seymour in the fall of 2012 has been sentenced.

A second awaits trial in September.

Samantha Jo Perez, 33, of North Broadway Street received a four-year sentence from Senior Judge Bill Vance and will serve one year of that sentence on home detention. The remaining three years will be served on supervised probation.

Perez was arrested in early December 2012 as part of an investigation into more than 40 counterfeit bills passed in Seymour last fall. The bills, which included a couple of hundreds and some 50s, 20s, 10s and 5s, began showing up in the city at restaurants, convenience stores and liquor stores in October.

A second person, Phillip R. Meade, 34, of Medora, was arrested in January in connection with the same investigation. Meade, who remains in the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown, is set to stand trial on nine counts of fraud at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 10 in Jackson Circuit Court.

Perez’s sentence stems from a plea agreement she entered on May 1 by her attorney, Brian Chastain. According to that agreement, the state agreed to dismiss eight additional counts of fraud, a Class C felony.

As a special term of the home detention agreement, Perez agreed to testify truthfully whether it be through a sworn statement, a deposition or in a trial to any criminal acts about which she has knowledge.

Perez also was ordered to repay $220 to nine Seymour businesses in connection with the counterfeit bills.

Vance gave Perez 78 days credit and 78 days credit time and ordered her to pay court costs, home detention fees and probation fees.

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