Man pleads guilty in Belleville counterfeiting -

Man pleads guilty in Belleville counterfeiting

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A sentencing hearing is scheduled for September for a southwestern Illinois man who's admitted making bogus U.S. currency.

Twenty-three-year-old James Kane of Fairview Heights pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of manufacturing and possessing counterfeit obligations.

Authorities say the case surfaced last September when they arrested someone trying to pass counterfeit cash at Belleville businesses. That suspect told investigators he got the bogus bills from Kane.

Searches of Kane's house later found a color printer used to make the fake bills, along with roughly $9,000 in counterfeit currency in various stages of production.

Kane faces up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines on each of the two counts when sentenced Sept. 9.

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