- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - A Rockford man has pleaded guilty to charges that he created fake money orders totaling more than $500,000.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois says 55-year-old Bradley Sherman Hampton admitted to making nine money orders. Authorities say orders were issued under the authority of the U.S. Treasury, the Treasury Department or a Federal Reserve Bank.

According to authorities, the money orders were made payable in 2009 to places including Chase Home Finance, Harley Davidson Credit and the Faith Center in Rockford. The Rockford Register Star previously reported that the Faith Center filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012.

Hampton pleaded guilty Thursday. Producing a fictitious financial instrument carries a penalty of up to 25 years in prison. Sentencing is set for June 1.

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