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Counterfeiting: Area men enter their guilty pleas

Thursday, May 12, 2005

CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Three Malden men plead guilty on Wednesday to charges of possessing counterfeit obligations.

John Hendrix, 28, pled guilty to one felony count of possession of approximately $4,000 in counterfeit obligations on Feb. 14, 2005; Kenneth Brimingham, 30, pled guilty to one felony count of possessing approximately $4,400 in counterfeit obligations on Feb. 23, 2005; and Jimmy Forkum, 47, pled guilty to one felony count of possessing approximately $900 in counterfeit obligations on Feb. 14, 2005. All three offenses were committed in Dunklin County.

With the plea, the defendants admitted that in February of this year Hendrix supplied Brimingham with approximately $5,000 in counterfeit $100 bills in exchange for $1,400. Brimingham in turn sold a portion of the counterfeit obligations, including nine $100 bills to Forkum on Feb. 14.

On Feb. 23, officers for the Malden Police Department arrested Brimingham which led to the recovery of approximately $4,000 of the counterfeit obligations.

Each offense carries a possible sentence of not more than 20 years and a fine of not more than $250,000. Forkum was sentenced to eight months in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Sentencing for Hendrix and Brimingham has been set for Aug. 8.