LAPORTE—A Westville teenager could face an up to eight-year prison sentence on allegations he tried passing $20 bills he printed off his laptop computer.
Kyle Hurni, 18, made his initial appearance Friday in LaPorte Circuit Court on Class C felony forgery.
According to court documents, the investigation shows that Hurni in June researched on the Internet ways to duplicate and print $20 bills.
Hurni used his own computer and printer to produce seven images of $20 bills on standard white paper, authorities allege. According to court documents, he was able to purchase cigarettes with one of the bills but attempts at two other stores to buy things with the fake money resulted in police being contacted.
Hurni said he went to the stores to see if the bills would pass muster before giving them to an individual to pay down a debt.