What are the penalties for using counterfeit money?

The penalties for using counterfeit money are fines of $15,000 or more and 15 years in prison. Using or manufacturing counterfeit bills is considered criminal fraud, and even accidental or unintentional use of counterfeit cash is illegal. Penalties for unknowingly using counterfeit money vary by state but typically involve imprisonment and fines of $1,000 or more.

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UPDATED: Jun 29, 2022

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