FORT WAYNE – Federal prosecutors called it a sophisticated arrangement of color printer and scanner technology.
But the money a 47-year-old Angola man made with this equipment didn’t pass muster at a big-box retail store.
Scot D. Silvers was sentenced to 54 months’ imprisonment, two years of supervised release and ordered to pay more than $1,300 in restitution by a U.S. District Court judge in Fort Wayne this week for his role in counterfeiting money, according to a media release from the court.
Earlier this year, Silvers admitted to producing or trafficking in a counterfeit device, fraud with identification and uttering counterfeit obligations.
The investigation began, according to court documents, when a woman was seen at an Angola Wal-Mart trying to buy a gift card with phony $10 bills.
According to prosecutors, employees at the store detected the fake bills when they applied standard anti-counterfeit procedures during a check.
An Angola police officer remembered hearing a tip about a fugitive from California making counterfeit money at a North Cross Street apartment where he was staying.
When the officer drove to the apartment, he saw a vehicle matching the description of the one the woman got out of at the Wal-Mart store.
She later told investigators that she picked Silvers up from a Fort Wayne hotel earlier in October and let him stay there. The woman also said he had made the counterfeit money out of her living room, according to court documents.
Inside the apartment investigators found multiple printers, linen business paper, a manual embossing machine, a credit card-making machine and 17 sheets of paper with copies of various bills.
They also found a journal, in which Silvers wrote of his embosser:
It’s a beautiful thing but now I have to carry it, so I must get a bag with wheels.
The embosser, along with all the rest of the electronic equipment Silvers used, was ordered forfeited to the government as part of his sentence.