5th person sentenced in counterfeit money scheme
MADISON, Wis. — The fifth person involved in a scheme to pass counterfeit money throughout southern Wisconsin was sentenced Wednesday, according to a release.
Parish Barbary-Wheatherby, 21, was sentenced to three years of probation for his role in passing counterfeit money, officials said. He pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan. 27.
Barbary-Wheatherbery was ordered to pay $4,600 in restitution to businesses victimized by the counterfeit bills, according to the release.
During January 2016, Barbary-Wheatherbery and four other people from Madison traveled in groups to cities from Baraboo to Janesville, passing counterfeit $100 bills at restaurants and businesses, officials said. The group would make small-dollar purchases with fake $100 bills and get real change in return.
Barbary-Wheatherbery left the group in late January, according to the release. The other four people were apprehended on Feb. 23, 2016, in Janesville.
Dominique Gaunichaux, 19, was sentenced in February to 24 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release and joint restitution of $7,500 with the co-defendants.
Danesha Phillips, 23, was sentenced in March to 42 days in prison with credit for time served, followed by two years of supervised release, and joint restitution of $7,500 with the co-defendants.
Marlo Phillips, 19, Madison, was sentenced March 21 to one year time served, followed by two years of supervised release. and joint restitution of $7,500 with the co-defendants.
Danesha Phillips and Marlo Phillips are sister and brother.
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