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.