Counterfeit Cash Results in 5 Year Sentence

A man from Branson is sentenced to five years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for passing counterfeit bills to local businesses.

Thirty-five-year-old Bradley Nichols pleaded guilty to one count of class C felony forgery, pursuant to an agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office.

Last summer Branson Police were called to the Rowland Motel by a manager who received counterfeit five dollar bills from a tenant. The investigation led to a tenant who told police about Nichols using a computer and printer to create phony five dollar bills in another room of the motel.

Once contacted by police, Nichols confessed to creating the counterfeit bills, and turned over evidence to police.

Prosecutor Jeff Merrell says this is a good example of how area motels should cooperate with police. Merrell says thanks to the willingness of the motel employees to contact police, the spread of fake money throughout the community was stopped.

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