Battle Mountain students charged with counterfeiting |

Battle Mountain students charged with counterfeiting

Matt Zalaznick

Four Battle Mountain High School boys, two 17 and two 15, have been charged with felony forgery for allegedly using a color copier to reproduce $20 bills, said Sgt. Mike McWilliam of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

“They all admitted it was a dumb thing to do,” McWilliam said.

The bills were first spotted at a local business some time last week, McWilliam said.

The boys allegedly used a color copier and high-quality copying paper to counterfeit about $100 in twenties. They used the bills at at least one local business, McWilliam said.

“The bills were kind of poor quality,” McWilliam said. “A business person would notice it.”

The boys, whose names are not being released because they are juveniles, have been charged with forgery and possession of a forged instrument, both felonies, and with misdemeanor theft.

“I’d be surprised if they get jail time,” he said. “But there are going to be some consequences for what they did.”

Matt Zalaznick can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 606, or via e-mail at

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