Teen pleads guilty to counterfeit money scam.

June 19, 2018


Teen pleads guilty to counterfeit money scam.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 17-year-old Hamlin Township man pleaded guilty to a felony of publishing counterfeit money Tuesday, June 19, in 51st Circuit Court.

Jarod Tyler Smith, of 4716 N. Beaune Rd., testified that he exchanged counterfeit bills for real money totaling $200 at the Northside Market on West Bryant Road in Pere Marquette Township.

Smith was arrested April 21 by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office and was also charged with a felony of using a computer to commit a crime and a misdemeanor of marijuana possession. The second felony was dismissed Tuesday in a plea agreement.

Smith also pleaded guilty to marijuana possession, and testified that he was in possession of 2 grams of the drug.

He admitted to Judge Susan K. Sniegowsk that he was trying to defraud the store by exchanging smaller counterfeit bills for larger bills.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 0-6 months.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 7 at 2 p.m.

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