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2018-01-31 / Local News

Kenmore woman indicted in counterfeit scam

Krystal Rains, 33, of Kenmore, has been arraigned by Erie County Court Judge Michael Pietruszka on an indictment charging her with multiple counts in connection with a counterfeit scam.

According to Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn, she has been charged with 12 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree; two counts of criminal possession of a forged device in the first degree; grand larceny in the fourth degree; and petit larceny.

It is alleged that Rains forged $20 Federal Reserve notes to make purchases at Walmart, Home Depot and CVS. A search warrant executed at her home uncovered templates and other tools used to make counterfeit bills, the District Attorney’s Office said.

If convicted on all charges, Rains faces more than 100 years in prison.

Flynn commended investigative work by the Amherst Police Department and the U.S. Secret Service. Candace K. Vogel, chief of the DA’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions Bureau, is prosecuting the case.

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