Two Jackson men have pleaded guilty to passing counterfeit $100 bills at businesses on Silver Parkway in Fenton on April 24.

 Eddie B. Simmons, 22, was arraigned Saturday, April 27 in Genesee County 67th District Court on two counts of uttering and publishing counterfeit bills or notes.

 On Aug. 26, he pleaded guilty in Genesee County 7th Circuit Court. Simmons requested the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA) status, which means the offender avoids public record of a criminal conviction. If the court does not grant the HYTA request, Simmons agreed to plead guilty to attempted uttering and publishing. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 27 at 8:30 a.m.

 Simmons’ co-defendant, Robert L. Taylor, 20, also was arraigned Saturday, April 27, however, he faced three counts of uttering and publishing counterfeit bills or notes.

 He pleaded guilty July 22 in Circuit Court and also requested HYTA status with the same plea agreement as Simmons. His sentencing date is scheduled for Sept. 3 at 11 a.m.

 These cases began when the Fenton Police Department arrested two men Wednesday, April 24 for passing counterfeit $100 bills at four different businesses on Silver Parkway.

 Lt. Jeff Cross said police believed the suspects attempted to pass the fake bills at several other businesses as well. Several counterfeit bills were passed in exchange for gift cards.

 Each charge carries a possible penalty of five years in prison and/or a $2,500 fine.

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