Kenmore Woman Pleads Guilty in Counterfeit Scam

Modified: March 13, 2018 3:03pm

3/13/2018

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 34-year-old Krystal Rains of Kenmore pleaded guilty before Erie County Court Judge Michael Pietruszka to six counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the First Degree, one count of Possession of a Forged Device and one count of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree.

The defendant admitted to forging $20 Federal Reserve Notes to make purchases at Walmart, Home Depot and CVS. A search warrant executed at the defendant’s home uncovered templates and other tools used to make counterfeit bills.

Rains is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday, April 17. She faces a maximum of 90 years in prison.

DA Flynn commends investigative work by the Amherst Police Department and the United States Secret Service.

Candace K. Vogel, Chief of the DA’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions (SIP) Bureau, prosecuted the case.