Behrens brothers charged with forgery, theft
ELKHORN Two Lake Geneva brothers suspected of using a computer printer to make counterfeit money have been charged with forgery and theft.
Jack D. Behrens, 18, and Loren R. Behrens, 24, both of 750 Southwind Drive, Lake Geneva, appeared in court Tuesday afternoon. They were arrested after law enforcement officers executed a search warrant on their residence April 29.
Loren Behrens estimated he printed about $1,000 in counterfeit currency between 2007 and September 2009, according to the criminal complaint.
Loren Behrens told investigators he prints out $10 and $20 bills because people tend to scrutinize them less than larger bills, according to the complaint.
Jack Behrens submitted a written confession after the search warrant was executed, according to the complaint. He said friends taught him how to make fake $5 bills. He admitted to having made approximately $200 worth of fake $5 bills over the years.
Jack Behrens said he made five $20 bills and eight $10 bills in the past month. He said he gave it to his older brother, Loren Behrens, to buy heroin.
Walworth County authorities tracked down the Behrens brothers after Loren's girlfriend repeatedly used counterfeit money at a Genoa City gas station.
After the third attempt, the girlfriend and her mother were questioned by the police. They told officers they didn't know the money was fake, according to the complaint.
Police executed a search warrant at the girlfriend's residence, and she eventually admitted to making the bills with Loren Behrens, according to the complaint.
Jack Behrens said his brother gave counterfeit money to the girlfriend to buy drugs in Chicago. Loren Behrens said his girlfriend had passed two counterfeit $20 bills to a Delavan drug dealer, according to the complaint.
Assistant District Attorney Diane Donohoo wrote in an e-mail to the Gazette that she doesn't know if police plan to refer the girlfriend and the girlfriend's mother for prosecution.
The Behrens brothers are being held at Walworth County Jail on $2,500 cash bonds and face more than seven years in prison and $20,000 in fines. They are expected back in court Thursday.