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Spring Hill, Florida’s Derrick Collins found guilty of manufacturing counterfeit bills

Derrick Kamran Collins, 31, of Spring Hill, Hernando County, Florida, United States is facing up to 60 years in federal prison. He is accused of manufacturing and aiding in passing of counterfeit bills.

From 2017 to March 2019, Collins acted as the source of supply for counterfeit federal reserve notes (FRN) for various individuals in Florida. As part of a scheme to pass the counterfeit FRN in order to defraud businesses, he was paid a portion of the proceeds earned by other individuals after they successfully pass counterfeit FRN at businesses.

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On March 26, 2019, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that contained him and several other people at the River City Marketplace shopping center in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida for suspicion of passing counterfeit FRN.

Multiple counterfeit $100 FRN were found throughout the vehicle and in its glove box. Collins was determined to be the source of supply for the counterfeit FRN.

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On November 21, 2019, the New Port Richey Police Department (NPRPD) conducted a traffic stop on his Dodge Charger, which he was driving. After refusing to participate in field sobriety exercises, he was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI).

Several sheets of counterfeit $100 bills in various stages of manufacturing were found in the trunk of his Dodge Charger and computer media. Completed counterfeit FRN and illicit proceeds from the passing of counterfeit FRN bundled together were also found in the glove box. 

On October 28, 2022, Collins was found guilty of manufacturing counterfeit FRN, aiding and abetting the passing of counterfeit FRN and possession of counterfeit FRN. He faces up to 20 years in federal prison on each count.

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