Federal counterfeiting charges expected
Leavenworth police have uncovered what they say is a counterfeit money-making operation.
Dennis J. Brockenshire, 40, and Lore D. Ogan, 32, have been charged in Leavenworth County District Court with one count each of forgery. But it's likely those charges will be dropped and federal charges of counterfeiting will replace them, according to Roger Marrs, deputy county attorney.
"We're hoping that the U.S. attorney's office will pick the case up and prosecute them federally for counterfeiting," Marrs said Tuesday. "Once they do that, we would dismiss our charges."
A court appearance for Brockenshire and Ogan is set for 9 a.m. Friday in Leavenworth County District Court. Both remained in jail on Tuesday.
According to Leavenworth police Lt. Pat Kitchens, police and U.S. Secret Service agents last Wednesday searched a northeast Leavenworth home in the 400 block of Ottawa. Police had received a tip that a counterfeiting operation was under way and that bogus bills had been passed at a local store.
"The search revealed that two individuals were alleged to be manufacturing counterfeit money in denominations of 100-, 50- and 20-dollar bills," Kitchens said.
He said a computer and printer were used to make the fake bills.
"We seized approximately $1,000 from the house that we believe is counterfeit," Kitchens said. "After this, we had at least one other store report they had someone try to pass a counterfeit bill."