A man from Effingham was sentenced yesterday to four years and 10 months in prison and a fine of $ 1,000 for making counterfeit money.
According to court documents, counterfeit banknotes made by Jared Sapp, 29, have been seized in Madison, St. Clair and Effingham counties and as far as Colorado. The forgery of Sapp goes back at least to the year 2016. A number of companies in Effingham, Illinois reported being paid counterfeit money in 2017 and 2018, which was later traced back to Sapp. Sapp would also use counterfeit money to pay for used goods on websites or applications such as letgo.com and craigslist.com. In total, law enforcement agencies recovered at least 201 counterfeit banknotes made by Sapp with a total face value of $ 4,715.00. The operation ended when Sapp was arrested in April 2020 with two printers / scanners and a stack of counterfeit $ 20 in the trunk of his car.
The investigations were conducted by the US Intelligence Service, the Effingham City Police Department, the Granite City Police Department and the Caseyville Police Department.
U.S. Assistant Attorney Peter Reed is pursuing the case.