Spring Hill man found guilty of helping pass counterfeit bills in North Florida | USAO-MDFL | So Good News
Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg charged Derrick Kamran Collins (31, Spring Hill) with manufacturing counterfeit Federal Reserve Notes (FRN); Transfer of fake FRNs; and was declared guilty of possession of fake FRNs. . Collins could face up to 20 years in federal prison on each count of money laundering representing the proceeds of crime.
According to court documents, 2017 to March 2019; Collins served as a supply source for fake FRNs for individuals throughout the Central District of Florida. Collins was part of a scheme to pass off fake FRNs to defraud businesses. After successfully passing fake FRNs in businesses; Individuals will pay Collins a portion of the proceeds. 2019, On March 26, The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) conducted a search operation at the River City Marketplace shopping center on suspicion of a fake FRN on a vehicle containing multiple people, including Collins. During a search of the vehicle, officers located several counterfeit $100 FRNs inside the vehicle and in the glove box. Later on, Law enforcement was able to determine Collins as the source of supply for the fake FRNs passed through various people in North Florida, including River City Marketplace.
November 21 2019 New Port Richey Police Department (NPPRD);
A traffic stop was conducted around 1:00 a.m. in a Dodge Charger driven by the registered owner, Collins. After communicating with Collins, Law enforcement found signs of impairment. During a subsequent DUI investigation; Collins refused to participate in a field sobriety exercise and was arrested for DUI. During an inventory search to tow the vehicle from the area, NPRPD discovered counterfeit $100 bills and computer media in various stages of production. In the glove box of the vehicle, the fake FRNs and fake FRNs obtained from the pass were packed along with the officers found in full.
This prosecution is part of a long-running investigation into counterfeit FRNs in New Port Richey and North Florida. to date, Collins is the fourth person to be charged in connection with the campaign. In February 2020, Charles Alexander Coriaty, III (Tampa) was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison for cutting a fake FRN sent by Collins and ordered to pay restitution to the businesses he defrauded. In June 2020, Brett Lawrence Rozenburgh (Tampa) was sentenced to 13 months in prison for passing off a fake FRN sent by Collins and ordered to pay restitution to the businesses he defrauded. In September 2020, Samantha Jade Falcone (Tampa) was sentenced to 2 years of federal supervised release for forging a fake FRN sent by Collins and was ordered to pay restitution to the businesses she defrauded.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office reported the case. The New Port Richey Police Department and the US Secret Service – Jacksonville Field Office investigated. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Frein. The acquisition is being handled by US Assistant Secretary of State Mai Tran.