Trio is accused in counterfeit scheme

By Patsy Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – Three Northeast Mississippi residents face an Aug. 15 trial on counterfeiting charges.
A federal indictment accuses Carlos Montanez King, 36, and Justin Jarmaine Judon, 29, both of Ecru, and Amber K. Bailey, 29, of New Albany in a June conspiracy to defraud by passing counterfeit $100 bills.
They pleaded not guilty in a June 22 hearing.
Their indictment claims Bailey, who was employed at a Tupelo salon, exchanged a fake $100 for real currency at the store’s cash register, then used another fake $100 at the North Gloster Walmart.
Their alleged conspiracy reportedly occurred from June 2-6.
U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock denied bond to King and Judon but agreed to a $20,000 unsecured bond for Bailey.
If convicted on both counts, each faces up to 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.
Court documents related to their alleged crimes show that part of the wrongdoing occurred in Pontotoc County.
Contact Patsy Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com.