Pair indicted in fake money case
By Dan Campana For Sun-Times Media October 25, 2013 1:34PM
Updated: December 1, 2013 6:40AM
Two women from Milwaukee have been indicted on forgery charges tied to fake money at Westfield Fox Valley Mall.
Amanda A. Smith, 19, and Andrea S. Payne, 21, were arrested in September after police said they used a counterfeit $100 bill at Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret stores in the mall, court records show. A DuPage County grand jury indicted the women on Oct. 22.
Court records show each was initially held on $30,000 bail, with Smith bonding out earlier this month and Payne leaving on Wednesday.
Smith is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 28, when she could be arraigned. Payne’s next court date was not listed in court documents.
Sentencing upcoming in federal cases
Two more men picked up in a 2012 drug and weapons sweep in Aurora are scheduled to be sentenced soon in federal court.
Kendrick Webber and Rasheed Naylor are slated to become the fourth and fifth suspects to be sent to prison on convictions tied to the sale of heroin, cocaine and guns. Local and federal authorities used a gang member to make purchases from targets in the probe.
A total of nine men were charged by federal prosecutors as part of the investigation. Naylor pleaded guilty to selling cocaine to the informant.
Webber pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon after he sold a .22-caliber revolver for $350 to the man working with investigators. For sentencing purposes, prosecutors pointed out he also sold nearly $1,100 in crack cocaine in May 2011. Prosecutors are seeking a minimum of 7½ years in prison, while Webber ’s defense wants the judge to sentence Webber to no more than eight years, records show.
Webber is set to be sentenced Oct. 29, while Naylor’s case has been set for Oct. 31.
A third sentencing that was coming up, for Antoine Harris of Aurora, was rescheduled for December. He pleaded guilty to selling nearly 50 grams of crack cocaine for $2,400 and will receive at least 10 years in prison, although prosecutors have set approximately 17 years as the starting point of their suggested sentencing range, according to his plea.