Summers To Serve 18 Months In Counterfeit Money Case

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A man caught in January running a counterfeit money operation out of East Ridge has been sentenced to serve 18 months in federal prison.

Johnathan Summers appeared before Federal Judge Sandy Mattice.

On Jan. 11, East Ridge Police responded to a counterfeit/forgery call at the Mapco Mart Convenience Store, 6514 Ringgold Road. A Mapco Mart cashier reported that a white male passed two counterfeit $20 Federal Reserve notes and one counterfeit $10 note at the Mapco Mart. These were all separate transactions.

Two clerks picked Summers out of a photo lineup they were shown.

Summers was located at the Waverly Motel on McDonald Road in East Ridge on Jan. 18. Police located an HP 3510 multifunction printer, resume paper, and a Walmart receipt for the printer in one of the motel rooms that he was staying in. East Ridge Police also located a bag in a dumpster at the Waverly Motel with the following items: two HP printer cartridges, a photocopy of the front plate of a $100 federal reserve note, and eight sheets of resume paper with an area the size of a genuine federal reserve note cut out of the paper.

Summers later told police that he was shown how to manufacture counterfeit notes by another individual. He said within the last month he had manufactured counterfeit notes at the Waverly Motel on at least two occasions. He said he would manufacture the notes on ink jet printers purchased from Walmart on Signal Mountain Boulevard.

He said within the past month he printed enough counterfeit to empty the ink cartridge.

Summers said he would produce the counterfeit notes on the printers by placing one genuine note at a time on the printer bed. He added that using this method he was able to produce roughly $400 in counterfeit $20 bills.

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