A Las Vegas man was sentenced Tuesday in Denver to more than three years in federal prison for possessing and passing nearly $14,000 of counterfeit money.
Robert Stephen Lux, 39, was sentenced in federal court after pleading guilty in March to 47 counts against him, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office in Colorado.
On Sept. 21, the Secret Service was contacted by Castle Rock police about two people they had arrested who were suspected of passing counterfeit money at a Kohl’s store. Investigators found counterfeit money in a vehicle owned by Lux. They also found two HP printers, multiple USB thumb drives with digital images of U.S. money on them, a computer, a cellphone and various receipts from retail stores, including Kohls, Walmart and Best Buy, the news release stated.
Lux was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 24. He pleaded guilty to all charges March 12. Jessica Wright, a co-defendant, was charged in state court.
Lux was sentenced to 37 months in prison and was remanded immediately.
“Counterfeit U.S. currency is a continued threat to the U.S. financial system, and the Secret Service will aggressively pursue those responsible for its production and possession,” Matthew Cybert of the Secret Service said in the release.
The case was investigated by the Secret Service and the Castle Rock police. The defendant was prosecuted by assistant U.S. attorney Greg Holloway.