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Tami Kishi DeAnda

Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 6:12 am, Tue Jun 29, 2010.

The last of five Lodi residents convicted in a counterfeiting scheme was sentenced Monday to two years in federal prison.

Tami Kishi DeAnda, 43, will also spend three years on supervised release — similar to state parole — after she is released from prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

DeAnda personally made at least $30,000 in fake $100 bills, prosecutors said in a news release issued after Monday’s sentencing. Three of those bills were found in Iraq, where DeAnda’s husband was serving as a sergeant with his Lodi-based California National Guard unit.

Joseph DeAnda, 47, is currently serving an 18-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to passing counterfeit currency.

Tami DeAnda had pleaded guilty in November to possession of counterfeit money, prosecutors said. She, along with Clinton Earl Irons, Holly Armada Haworth and Shelie Louise Radotic, were initially arrested after a July 2008 Lodi police investigation.

Irons, who prosecutors said was the ringleader, tried to pass a fake $100 bill at the Lowe’s store in Lodi. His image was captured on store surveillance video and Lodi detectives recognized Irons, who was wanted on warrants.

They got a warrant for a Scottsdale Road home, and later a Yosemite Drive house, and found counterfeit $100 bills along with computers and software used to make the fake money.

All were ultimately indicted by a federal grand jury, and all have pleaded guilty to various charges.

Irons was sentenced last week to 2 1/2 years in prison, Haworth is serving a one-year prison term and Radotic was sentenced to 100 hours of community service.

Since the case began, officials have linked $277,000 in counterfeit currency to the Lodi ring, prosecutors said.

Contact reporter Layla Bohm at layla@lodinews.com.

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