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Pleads guilty to counterfeiting

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A Chesterton man has pleaded guilty to counterfeiting $20 bills and trying to pass them in Burns Harbor, the Porter County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said.

Kevin Milletary, 33, with a listed address of 1621 Putter Parkway, has agreed to plead guilty to two Class D felonies: attempted theft and counterfeiting, according to court documents. A Class D felony is punishable by a term of six months to three years.

Milletary had originally been charged with attempted theft and forgery, the latter a Class C felony punishable by a term of two to eight years.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 29 before Porter Superior Court Judge Bill Alexa.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by Burns Harbor Assistant Police Chief Mike Heckman, on Oct. 16, 2011, Milletary was taken into custody after he attempted to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at the McDonald’s on Melton Road. Milletary admitted trying to pass a second phony $20 bill as well, this one at the Subway on Melton Road, but in each case a clerk caught the fake and Milletary ended up paying for his order with a genuine $5 bill, Heckman stated.

When located—in a van in the area of I-94 and Ind. 249—Milletary was found in possession of 15 counterfeit $20 bills, which he advised a relative was making, Heckman stated.

That relative was subsequently taken into custody himself, in a motel room in Merrillville, where he admitted using a laptop computer and copy machine to make phony $20 bills “to support his drug habit,” Heckman stated.

Posted 5/16/2012