Illinois man arrested for using counterfeit money at Tulip Time

Submitted PhotoSkyler Patrick Carlson

The Pella Police Department has charged an Illinois man for using counterfeit $20 bills at the Tulip Time festival.

Skyler Patrick Carlson, 20, of Oregon, Illinois, has been charged with money laundering, forgery and fourth-degree theft. He was identified shortly after 2 p.m. on Friday, May 3 when a West Market Park vendor observed him passing a counterfeit $20 bill and notified police.

Between the dates of May 2 and May 3, the department received many reports of Carlson passing counterfeit $20 bills to vendors at the festival. A prompt investigation of these cases allowed officers to develop a description of Carlson which was distributed to festival vendors. Pella Police officers were able to apprehend the Carlson a short distance away.

Officers discovered Carlson to be in possession of $380 in counterfeit $20 bills.

Investigators determined where Carlson was living locally and obtained a search warrant for that location. Pursuant to the execution of the search and seizure warrant, $840 in counterfeit $20 bills was found in his room.

Officers also located several items that had been purchased from vendors using the counterfeit bills, along with approximately $700 of legal currency in ones, fives, and tens.

Money laundering is a Class C felony and carries a maximum period of confinement of up to 10 years and a fine of $1,000 to $10,000.

Forgery is a Class D felony and carries a period of confinement of up to five years and a fine of between $750 and $7,500 for each conviction.

Convictions for a Serious Misdemeanor carry a period of confinement of up to one year in prison and a fine from $315 to $1,875 for each conviction.

Carlson is currently held at the Marion County Law Center on $16,000 cash bond.