Tampa Man Sentenced to Federal Prison After Passing Counterfeit Bills
He was caught after he tried to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
TAMPA – A Tampa man was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to passing counterfeit money, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida said.
Jason Wayne Lovett, 45, of Tampa, pleaded guilty Jan. 21.
\According to court documents, between April and August , Lovett and his co-conspirators passed and attempted to pass $17,000 in counterfeit $100 bills at locations throughout Hillsborough County. Each of the counterfeit $100 bills had the same serial number.
Officers with the Seminole Police Department caught Lovett after he tried to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
After Lovett’s arrest, officials said, he tried to obstruct the investigation by trying to destroy his cellphone, which contained evidence related to his crimes.
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