A Chesterton resident has been sentenced to one year in the Indiana
Department of Correction (DOC) after pleading guilty to counterfeiting and
On Jan. 25, Matthew Robert Milletary, 37, with a listed address in the 1600
block of Putter Parkway, was sentenced, on each of the two counts, to three
years in the DOC, with two years suspended and to be served on formal
Porter Superior Court Judge Bill Alexa ordered the sentences to run
concurrently. He also gave Milletary credit for 105 actual days of time
already served in the Porter County Jail.
Milletary was originally charged with a Class C count of forgery, punishable
by a term of two to eight years; and with attempted theft, a Class D felony
punishable by a term of six months to three years.
Under a plea arrangement with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, the
counterfeiting charge was downgraded to a Class D felony.
Milletary was taken into custody on October 2011 in his room at a
Merrillville motel, where investigators recovered a laptop computer, a copy
machine, and counterfeit $20 bills, Burns Harbor Police said. Milletary
subsequently admitted passing counterfeit $20 bills at “numerous locations
in and around Chesterton” and that “he started making the fake $20 bills to
support his drug habit.”
The investigation began after Milletary’s brother, Kevin Milletary, was
taken into custody after he attempted to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at the
McDonald’s and the Subway on Melton Road in Burns Harbor, but on each
occasion a clerk caught the fake and Milletary ended up paying for his order
with a genuine $5 bill, Burns Harbor Police said.
When found, Kevin Milletary was found in possession of 15 $20 bills, which
he advised his brother, Matthew Milletary, was making in the Merrillville
motel room, Burns Harbor Police said.
Kevin Milletary has also pleaded guilty to counterfeiting and attempted