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Two are sentenced in counterfeit money case

January 13, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A man and woman were sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court in the manufacturing of counterfeit money between July and August in Hagerstown.

In separate appearances, David Brian Ball, 27, pleaded guilty to manufacturing counterfeit currency and possession of marijuana, and Christina Marie Birney, 20, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to counterfeit currency.

Their last known addresses are listed on charging documents as 507 W. Washington St., Apt. 4, in Hagerstown.

Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III sentenced Ball to six years in prison for manufacturing counterfeit currency and a concurrent one-year sentence for possession of marijuana.

Birney was sentenced to a suspended three-year prison sentence. Wright placed her on five years of unsupervised probation, according to court documents.

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Assistant State's Attorney Viki Pauler said during Ball's hearing that between July and August 2005, several Hagerstown stores reported to police that counterfeit $20 bills had been passed at their businesses.

Criminal informants and others came forward directing police to the 507 W. Washington St. apartment as the source of the counterfeit money, Pauler said.

When police using a search and seizure warrant arrived at the apartment, "Counterfeit bills were actually rolling off the printers as they went into the unit," Pauler said.

Pauler said the money was used "mostly in drug deals."

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