A Leesville man has pleaded guilty to one count of counterfeiting obligations to the United States.

It was announced today, by U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook, that Deldrick Shykil Fowler, 24, counterfeited $100 bills in order to buy prepaid debit cards.

According to evidence, Fowler was assisting another unidentified person on December 27, 2016 to use a real $100 bill to make 58 counterfeit bills.

The unidentified person then used $1500 worth of counterfeit money at a department store in DeRidder. The unidentified person bought three prepaid debit cards. Then, the unidentified person disposed of the rest of the counterfeit bills in a trashcan at a park.

The counterfeit bills were found and turned over to law enforcement officers. The officers found Fowler the following day and found two of the three prepaid cards. The third card was already spent.

Fowler faces up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

A sentencing date has been set for November 3.

The U.S. Secret Service, Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the DeRidder Police Department conducted the investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Abendroth.