Acadiana Business

Maurice man admits to counterfeiting $100 bills

by Leslie Turk

Brandon Lee Landry, 31, of Maurice pleaded guilty Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik to counterfeiting $100 bills and using them to buy goods services from local businesses. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced Tuesday that Brandon Lee Landry of Maurice pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik to counterfeiting $100 bills.

According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, Landry, 31, admitted that between August 2012 and September 2012 he counterfeited $100 bills.

When officers arrested Landry on Sept.  17, they found a number of uncut sheets of printed counterfeit $100 bills, an all-in-one printer, scanner, copier and numerous high-quality individual counterfeit $100 bills in his vehicle. The serial numbers on six of the counterfeit bills found in Landry's vehicle were matched to counterfeit bills used illegally to pay for goods and services throughout the Acadiana area.

Landry is responsible for printing more than 59 counterfeit $100 bills and admitted that he used the aforementioned equipment to make counterfeit money at a residence located in or near New Iberia. He also admitted that he passed the counterfeit bills to a number of area stores in an attempt to purchase merchandise.

Landry faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and five years of supervised release for counterfeiting. A sentencing date has not been set.

The U.S. Secret Service conducted the investigation.