A Shreveport man and his ex-girlfriend have pleaded guilty to using counterfeit cash to buy a car, according to U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph.
Tyler B. Jilg, 23, of Shreveport, on Tuesday pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark L. Hornsby to one count of passing or uttering counterfeit obligations or securities. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote.
His ex-girlfriend, Sarah McClain, 22, pleaded guilty to the same charge on Sept. 5.
According to the guilty pleas, Shreveport Police saw a reportedly stolen black Lexus parked in front of a house on March 24, 2018.
Two days earlier, McClain reported Jilg had stolen her black Lexus.
After investigating, Shreveport Police determined that Jilg and McClain bought the car from another person using 58 counterfeit $100 bills.
Sometime after the transaction, the owner realized the money was counterfeit and tried to make contact with the defendants, but they ignored him.
After his arrest, Jilg admitted to passing the counterfeit money to the car owner.
Jilg faces up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine; he will be sentenced Jan. 9, 2019. McClain will be sentenced Dec. 12, 2018.
The U.S. Secret Service and the Shreveport Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike O’Mara is prosecutor in the case.