From a Release by U.S. Attorney's Office for Southern District of WV

BECKLEY, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that Paula K. Green, 42, of Columbus, Ohio, pleaded guilty  in federal court in Beckley to passing counterfeit $100 bills. Green admitted to passing the counterfeit money in Beckley and Charleston, West Virginia.  In Beckley, Green passed the counterfeit bills at the Crossroads Mall and the K-Mart at the Plaza Mall located off Robert C. Byrd Drive.  In Charleston, Green passed the bills at K-Mart on MacCorkle Avenue.

As a result of her plea to three felony counts, Green faces a penalty of up to 60 years in federal prison and a fine of $750,000. Sentencing has been scheduled for February 11, 2016 at the federal courthouse in Beckley.

In related cases, three other women, O’wynn Rogers, of Beckley, Kenyata Smith, of Beckley, and Nyteria Green, of Columbus, Ohio, previously pled guilty to passing counterfeit $100 bills. Smith was sentenced to two years of supervised probation on October 21, 2015. Rogers and Green are both scheduled to be sentenced on December 2, 2015, at the federal courthouse in Beckley.

The investigation in all of these matters was conducted by the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney Eric Bacaj is handling the prosecution.