Teen gets probation in fake cash case

A judge Monday sentenced a Craig teen who used counterfeit $100 bills at local retailers to four years of probation.

Raymond Maley Siqueiros, 19, of Craig, pleaded guilty in March to unauthorized use of a financial transaction.

The plea was part of an agreement with prosecutors. In exchange, the District Attorney's Office dropped a forgery charge against Siqueiros. Siqueiros could have been sentenced to as much as three years behind bars for the Class 5 felony.

Craig police arrested Siqueiros on Dec. 21 at a home on Third Street. Police seized money, a computer, several printers, drug paraphernalia and suspected stolen mail, credit cards and checks from the house, according to a statement from the Craig Police Department.

During a sentencing hearing in 14th Judicial District Court Monday, Chief Judge Michael O'Hara sentenced the teenager, who has been in jail since December, to four years of probation.

Siqueiros' lawyer, William Schurmann of Steamboat Springs, asked the judge to sentence Siqueiros to probation rather than prison.

"This is, so to speak, a last chance for Raymond," Schurmann said.

Siqueiros also asked the judge to grant him probation.

"You won't regret it if you give me probation," Siqueiros told the judge. "You won't see me here again."

O'Hara granted Siqueiros' request but told him that if he violates probation, the court would have to sentence him to more jail time.

"If you don't want to go to prison, you need to comply with probation," O'Hara said.

The probation sentence was a chance for Siqueiros to turn things around, O'Hara said.

"You're young, but I hope you understand this is not a game," O'Hara said.

Siqueiros will not be released from Moffat County Jail because he has juvenile charges pending in Routt County.

Juvenile court cases are sealed, so details of charges are not released to the public.

But O'Hara said Siqueiros could be sentenced to as much as six months in jail for the juvenile cases.

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