(Beaver Dam) A Madison woman was convicted Wednesday of passing counterfeit $100-dollars bills in Beaver Dam. Twenty-one-year-old Hazel Freiberg entered a no contest plea to two felony counts of Forgery. Additional Forgery and Attempted Forgery charges were dismissed but read into the record. Twenty-year-old Kierre Washington was placed on a deferred prosecution agreement in February for his role in the crime.
The pair passed the phony bills at Recheks Food Pride, Wal-Mart and Animart and trying to use them at Menards and Shopko. 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 in March of 2019 during a period of 90 minutes.
Freiberg 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.
GPS coordinates taken from their phones place them at the scene of the crimes. A text conversation with a convicted counterfeiter was discovered on Washington’s phone. Serial numbers on the bills were also identical. Freiberg will be sentenced in November.