January 20th, 2018

Calgary woman sentenced on counterfeit charges

By Schnarr, J.W. on August 12, 2017.

J.W. Schnarr

Lethbridge Herald


A Calgary woman convicted of creating and passing counterfeit $50 bills may have already spent nearly three months in jail, but she will be spending a bit more time yet.

On Friday, Renee Frances Holden pled guilty to multiple counts of making, passing and possessing counterfeit money, as well as two charges of possessing material for making counterfeit money.

In all, Holden received 150 days in prison for numerous offences. However, she was given credit for 70 days served, amounting to just shy of 120 days. She still has a month to serve on her sentence.

She appeared via closed-circuit TV from the Calgary Remand Centre. The case has been adjourned several times since last fall when Holden, 26, was first admitted into a detox centre.

Police reported in August 2016 that there had been nine incidents involving individuals who visited various local businesses and spent counterfeit US $50 bills.

With the help of a witness from one of the businesses, police apprehended the suspects in a parking lot off Highway 3 in the city after the vehicle in which they were travelling appeared to develop a problem.

Another person involved in the counterfeiting pled guilty last year and was sentenced to eight months in prison.

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