Secret Service-Nabbed Counterfeiters Targeting Newport Beach Learn Punishments

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Secret Service: Caught them 'cause they can
The night of July 2, 2011, was a wild one for Cynthia Lou Rudd and Edward John Kakos as the dating couple drove their van from Ventura County, where they stole $100 worth of gas, southbound to Orange County for the national holiday.

Phoenix-native Rudd, the 53-year-old driver with a history of drunk driving, was intoxicated and high on methamphetamine, and Kakos, a 57-year-old serial counterfeiter with a heavy rap sheet and four prison trips, was eagerly plotting ways to pass fake money in Newport Beach.

But, according to a U.S. Secret Service investigatory report obtained by the Weekly, the party ended when Rudd began driving erratically, missed the 55-freeway to Newport Beach, continued south on the 405, struck another vehicle near the I-5 at Oso Parkway and crashed.

Inside the Mission Viejo Medical Center's emergency room, hospital staff performed a routine accounting of the couple's valuables, found a suspicious $3,265 in a black purse and notified California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers who handled the crash.

The CHP officers contacted the Santa Ana bureau of the Secret Service, which determined that the pair carried 58 poor quality, fake bills (mostly $100s) that had been created by an inkjet printing technique using a laptop computer.

All of the bogus currency lacked the U.S. Treasury Department's security features including color shifting ink and genuine watermark, according to the Secret Service report.

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Rudd and Kakos initially pleaded not guilty, eventually changed pleas and this month learned their punishments. Though she faced up to seven months in prison, Federal Judge John F. Walter followed the wishes of prosecutors and gave Rudd a term of time served awaiting trial.

In Kakos' case, prosecutors sought a 36-month prison term. Walter, however, ordered him confined for 30 months. When he's released, federal probation officials can test him for illegal drug use up to eight times per month.

But there's little doubt we'll hear from Kakos again. He just can't help himself. Just two months after his OC arrest, he was caught possessing fake $100s in Napa.

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WasteLayer
WasteLayer

"Secret Service Nabbed Counterfeiters Targeting Newport Beach Learn Punishments"

I've now read that 10 times and still haven't deciphered what it means.

ANationOfTattooedWarCriminals
ANationOfTattooedWarCriminals

Looks like the Secret Service still manages to get some work done now & then ..at least when they're not busily engaged in hooking-up with Colombian prostitutes.

Why don't you useless douchebags (aka Secret Service) SPROUT A PAIR and then start investigating WALL ST CRIME instead of wasting time with this penny ante crap.

D-O-U-C-H-E-B-A-G-S!

mitch young
mitch young

It's just undocumented money. And look at it this way -- they spend the bills, that creates jobs for store employees and workers in the factories that make the products they buy. 

Buttercup
Buttercup

Most banks and stores are made aware of high counterfeiting probability around holidays and train their staff to watch for it.

A $6.00  money marking pen would save everyone a lot of grief...invest in one.

What the article does not say, that even if you find a fake bill? You must return it to the person and tell them it's a fake. A retailer CANNOT keep suspected counterfeit money...they can try to hold the person until officers arrive, but the police do not act quickly on these crimes (non-violent)  So these DIRT BAG Meth Heads run around making fake money and get away with a slap on the wrist.

R. Scott Moxley
R. Scott Moxley

Wait! Wait! "WasteLayer": Does this mean you've stopped anxiously wondering if everyone given "Citizen of the Week" honors is a citizen?

Paul Kim
Paul Kim

Actually, those counterfeit marking pens are easy to fool. If you spray the bills with hair spray it will mark them legal. Isn't it cool what you can learn from watching too much TV?

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