Minneapolis men indicted for counterfeit operation in Roseville



Two Minneapolis men arrested in June, one in connection with a counterfeit currency operation that set up shop in a Roseville motel room and another who was arrested trying to buy methamphetamine with counterfeit currency tied to the Roseville bogus money ring, were indicted last week by a federal grand jury.

Douglas Donald Burke, 35, of Minneapolis, was charged with one count of possession of counterfeit U.S. currency with the intent to defraud and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Jason Michael Roberts, 25, from Minneapolis, was charged with one count of manufacturing counterfeit U.S. currency.

On June 9, law enforcement executed a search warrant on a Roseville motel room. During the search, agents seized miscellaneous counterfeiting paraphernalia including a laser jet printer, computer, monitor, parchment paper and ink. In addition, approximately $8,300 in counterfeit American Express checks and approximately $8,860 in counterfeit currency were seized. Templates for both counterfeit American Express checks and counterfeit currency were found on Roberts’ computer, according to a criminal complaint filed in the case.

Burke was arrested on June 9, for attempting to purchase methamphetamine with $10,150 in counterfeit currency that matched the counterfeit currency seized during the execution of the search warrant. Burke was searched subsequent to his arrest and was found to be in possession of a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol. Burke, who has prior felony convictions in Cass County in 2000 for fleeing police in a motor vehicle and in Dakota County in 2002 for second degree assault, is prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm, according to the criminal complaint.

If convicted, Burke faces a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine for possession of counterfeit U.S. currency with the intent to defraud and up to ten years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine for manufacturing counterfeit U.S. currency. Any sentences would be determined by a judge.

The case is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service, the Minnesota Financial Crimes Task Force, the Roseville Police Department Tactical Team, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Erica MacDonald is prosecuting the case.

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