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Ortiz enters guilty plea in counterfeit cash case

Updated: Tuesday, April 1 2014, 12:29 PM EDT

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, W.Va. -- A case involving counterfeit cash is just about closed after one of the suspects, Francisco Ortiz, entered a guilty plea Monday afternoon.
The investigation dates back to January after multiple counterfeit $10 bills were spotted. Those bills were used to buy pre-paid credit cards from several Steubenville businesses.
Ortiz was indicted by the grand jury on two misdemeanor counts of criminal simulation and a felony count of receiving stolen property.
"Your honor, I was passing out counterfeit bills in exchange for Visa credit cards," Ortiz admitted in court.
Ortiz said he did not use any of those credit cards after getting them from businesses, including CVS and Speedway, using the fake bills he allegedly got from an individual in Pittsburgh.
After the papers were signed, Judge David Henderson took into consideration many factors as he moved into sentencing, agreeing with the recommendation of both parties.
"I am going to sentence you to a term of two years of non-residential community control sanctions. That will be basic probation," Henderson said.
Ortiz will not have to pay additional fines; however he must pay back $960 in restitution, which his lawyer said they have already obtained.
Since Ortiz is from New Jersey, he is going to try to serve his probation sentence there, but the state of New Jersey must agree to that as well.
The other suspect, Kenneth Lowe from Toronto, is scheduled to go to trial on April 15, but NEWS9 was told that will be continued.

Ortiz enters guilty plea in counterfeit cash case


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