Feds take over prosecution of TN counterfeit case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors have taken over the counterfeiting case of a Tennessee man initially arrested by state officials and the Secret Service.

State prosecutors dismissed the case against 19-year-old Brian Kettles, who had been charged with criminal simulation over $10,000 and money laundering, and Kettles was transferred to federal court, The Tennessean reported.

Authorities arrested Kettles on Sept. 1 after the execution of a search warrant on his home. Authorities say they seized nearly $25,000 in counterfeit United States currency.

At the time of his arrest, Kettles was on parole for an armed robbery in Michigan.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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