Counterfeit suspect facing federal charges

Counterfeit suspect facing federal charges
Kirkland Coleman was arraigned Tuesday in federal court.
Dougherty County Police recovered hundreds of dollars in counterfeits. (Source: WALB)
Dougherty County Police recovered hundreds of dollars in counterfeits. (Source: WALB)
Clint Bush is the Secret Service Resident Agent in Charge. (Source: WALB)
Clint Bush is the Secret Service Resident Agent in Charge. (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany man accused of passing counterfeit money is now facing federal charges.

Kirkland Coleman was arraigned Tuesday in federal court. He was arrested by Dougherty County Police back in March on theft by deception and forgery charges.

Police said he bought expensive items from people on Facebook and paid them in counterfeit bills, for a total of $750.

When police carried out a search warrant on his home they found another $450 in fake cash.

The Secret Service also stepped in, finding Coleman in possession of ammunition, which is illegal because Coleman is a convicted felon.

"People are defrauding individuals. It's not necessarily the government that loses the money in these cases. It's the local restaurants and local stores that are often the victims so we take this very serious," said Secret Service Resident Agent in Charge Clint Bush.

Coleman is facing a total of four federal counts. He'll be prosecuted in federal court and if convicted, he could possibly face harsher punishments than he would have in Georgia superior court.

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