Counterfeiter, who made phony $100 bills in Pikesville hotel room, is sentenced

Co-conspirator was killed in police shootout last year

May 25, 2011|By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun

A Randallstown counterfeiter, whose co-conspirator was killed in a shootout with Baltimore County police last year, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison Wednesday for making phony $100 bills in a Pikesville hotel room, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

Darryl S. Bacon, 32, and his partners bleached $5 bills and reprinted them as $100 notes, then spent or sold them, prosecutors said. Bacon pleaded guilty to dealing in counterfeit cash in February, according to court records. He produced and processed $47,500 worth in counterfeit currency from December 2009 through July 2010, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Baltimore County police investigating the crimes last July saw Bacon and a co-conspirator, Eric Stokes, at the hotel carrying large trash bags, according to court records, and Stokes fired a handgun at the officers after being ordered to drop the bags. Police returned fire and killed him.

A third suspect, Chrishawna T. McClain, pleaded guilty to conspiracy in October and was sentenced to probation, while another defendant, Joshua Cammarata, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and counterfeiting in November. Cammarata was sentenced to 21 months in prison.

tricia.bishop@baltsun.com

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