Man who mailed pills, $10k in fake bills to Idaho gets 4 years prison

April 29, 2013 

Jeffrey Eugene Barfield was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison Monday for mail fraud, dealing in counterfeit currency and distribution of oxycodone, said Wendy Olson, the U.S. attorney for Idaho.

Barfield, 50, of Thornton, Colo., sent $10,200 in fake currency and 50 oxycodone pills through U.S. mail to an Idaho address. The person receiving the contraband reported the matter to law enforcement, Olson said in a news release.

Barfield was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John Coughenour, who also ordered Barfield to serve five years of supervised release after prison, pay $13,565 in restitution and forfeit $4,000 of criminal proceeds and property used in the crimes. Barfield pleaded guilty in December.. According to the plea agreement, Barfield conceived of his crime while serving a prison sentence in Colorado in January 2011, planning to trade counterfeit currency for true currency, drugs and firearms. In the six months after his release, Barfield manufactured and sold $10,200 in counterfeit money.

Barfield was arrested by Colorado law enforcement officers in June 2012 for passing counterfeit bills at garage sales in Northglenn, Colo.

After being advised of his rights, Barfield told a U.S. Secret Service agent, “It was good for a long time but it's over; I did it, I made it, and [an accomplice] and I spent them," according to the news release. In addition to mailing the bills to Idaho, Barfield admitted to manufacturing fake bills and passing them at garage sales and Home Depot and Lowe's stores.

The case was investigated by the Secret Service, FBI and Postal Inspection Service.

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