Walla Walla man pleads guilty in counterfeit $20s case

Justin C. Kirk used fake bills at a pair of businesses in November, officials said.

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WALLA WALLA -- A suspect in the passing of counterfeit $20 bills at area businesses in November pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Justin C. Kirk, 31, of 1167 School Ave., entered the guilty plea to the charge of forgery, which is a felony.

He faces a standard-range jail term of up to 60 days when he's sentenced later. The prosecution is recommending 30 days, converted to 240 hours of community service.

Officials said Kirk and another man used two of the fake bills to buy automotive products and gas at Sun Mart, 315 N. Second Ave., on Nov. 12.

Later that day, they bought printer ink, paper and a few other items at Walmart in College Place using eight counterfeit 20s, according to law enforcement reports filed in court.

Each of the bills reportedly has one of two serial numbers.

Kirk remains free pending sentencing.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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