Madison Man Enters Plea Deal On Beaver Dam Forgery Charge

(Beaver Dam) A Madison man was placed on probation for one year this week for passing counterfeit $100-dollar bills in Beaver Dam. Twenty-year-old Kierre Washington entered a no contest plea to a felony charge of Forgery. Five additional felony Forgery counts were dismissed but read into the record. Washington entered into a deferred prosecution agreement meaning he will avoid a felony record if he stays out of trouble while on probation. 21-year-old Hazel Freiberg is also facing similar charges for her alleged role. The pair were charged with passing the phony bills at Recheks Food Pride, Wal-Mart and Animart and trying to use them at Menards and Shopko. Washington was also accused of spending the fake cash at Game Stop. Three other stores received fake $100’s during the same timeframe but were not included in the charges because the suspects were not captured on video. All the offenses occurred this past March during a period of 90 minutes. Freiberg allegedly bought low-cost items – like chewing gum, pregnancy tests or dog treats – and walked away with the change. In some of the incidents, she was also able to make change for a second, phony $100 bill. Freiberg conducted most of the transactions while Washington shopped or waited in the car. The two were caught on video surveillance, which also connected them to similar crimes along the Interstate 94 corridor between Madison and Minnesota. The pair were apprehended along with a third suspect in Hudson. According to the criminal complaint, GPS coordinates taken from their phones place them at the scene of the crimes. Prosecutors say a text conversation with a convicted counterfeiter was discovered on Washington’s phone. Serial numbers on the bills were also identical.