Eagle man sent to prison in counterfeiting case

Joseph Bylow
Joseph Bylow

An Ada County man who printed a series of counterfeit bills and with an accomplice passed them at businesses throughout the Treasure Valley was sentenced Tuesday to two and a half years in prison.

Joseph Bylow, 32, and Rachel Eyskens, 25, started counterfeiting $1 bills last July by printing images on cotton paper stock. Shortly thereafter they were interviewed by Ada County sheriff’s deputies, where they admitted their guilt but they were not initially arrested.

The pair went back to work, bleaching legitimate $1 and $5 bills and then printing images of $10 and $50 bills on them. The bills were used to make purchases at businesses in Eagle, Boise and Emmett.

In August, police raided their home and seized about $500 worth of counterfeit bills in various stages of production. They also recovered $644 in counterfeit bills passed by Bylow and Eyskens.

In court documents, federal prosecutors described the operation as “rudimentary and small in scale.”

Prosecutors recommended Bylow go to prison for 30 months, the sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Maloney recommended that Bylow receive drug treatment while in prison.

His criminal and personal history “indicates a substantial need for intensive substance abuse treatment,” Maloney wrote in a pre-sentence memo to the court. The most effective program for Bylow, Maloney wrote, would be a residential drug abuse program that requires a minimum of at least two years.

After his arrest and subsequent release, Bylow went into a local residential treatment program.

Maloney wrote that Bylow could be eligible for a sentence reduction if he successfully completes the prison treatment program.

Eyskens was previously sentenced to a year in prison. She is serving her sentence at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center in Seattle. She is scheduled for release on Aug. 19, according to the federal Bureau of Prisons.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell