The Indiana man who federal prosecutors said passed dozens of counterfeit $20 bills at a Dayton Dragons game has pleaded guilty and could serve up to 21 months in prison.
Kenneth Stopkotte, 53, entered his plea Thursday afternoon in Dayton’s U.S. District Court, according to court records.
Stopkotte pleaded guilty to Count 2 of an indictment, which charged him with uttering counterfeit obligations.
His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 31, when Stopkotte could be sentenced to up to 21 months in prison, according to the plea agreement.
Stopkotte also would be responsible for restitution as determined by the court and three years’ supervised release.
United States Secret Service officials said Stopkotte used dozens of fake $20 bills during an April 18 game at Fifth Third Field and was found with several more.
He used the fake $20 bills for his ticket, food, beverages and other concessions, according to federal prosecutors.
The indictment said Stopkotte, who was on federal probation for stealing $180,000 of donations to Tennessee churches, had 95 fake $20s and $674.72 in genuine U.S. currency along with an iPhone, all of which was seized.
The plea agreement said Stopkotte was found with 231 fake $20 bills he purchased from the dark web.
Stopkotte, who recently got out of prison after serving more than three years, would have faced maximum sentences of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count if convicted.
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