Homeless man sentenced for counterfeiting

A federal court judge has sentenced a Gulf War veteran and drug addict who apparently lived in Mountain View to 30 months in prison after he used equipment to counterfeit tens of thousands of dollars.

A public defender says 37-year-old Paul Rickett was a methamphetamines addict who had been taught how to counterfeit money, which he was doing in the back of his Ford Aerostar minivan. Before he was arrested, Rickett had counterfeited $30,000 using his own equipment.

According to the Associated Press, though Rickett was homeless he had an address in Mountain View at one point, and has family in Sacramento.

As part of a deal with prosecutors, the people who originally showed Rickett how to counterfeit money gave him up to authorities. Before he was arrested, Rickett was found passing counterfeit bills and was given counterfeiting equipment by an undercover Secret Service agent so that he could produce another $100,000 in a hotel room.

A similar case is pending against Rickett in Santa Clara County. He must serve 85 percent of the sentence before he is eligible for parole.

Daniel DeBolt


Posted by Wryly, a resident of Monta Loma
on Oct 6, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Well, at least he's not homeless anymore!

Posted by kathy, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Oct 6, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Can't blame a guy for trying, his mistake was going for 30K, he probably would have gotten away with 3K.

Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 6, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Why punish a homeless veteran for doing what the Federal Reserve does every day?

Posted by SteelPanther, a resident of Rex Manor
on Mar 17, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Oh yeah we're making a rock video right now \m/ these articles never tell the defendant's story

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