A D.C. Corrections Department halfway house resident whose work-release job was at a printing company has been charged with printing $19,000 in counterfeit money at the firm.

John Jenkins, 32, who was assigned to the halfway house at 2650 Firth Sterling Ave. SE, was arrested Tuesday night after he gave partly finished counterfeit bills to an undercover Secret Service agent, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Roistacher.

Jenkins was assigned to the hallway house in January after convictions on weapons and drug charges, according to court records. He began working at the Eastern Printing Co. at 1001 K. St. NW.

Investigators said Jenkins had arranged to print a total of $40,000 for the undercover Secret Service agent - for which he was to receive 10 per cent of face value - and showed him a sample counterfeit $10 bill about a week ago.

Jenkins reportedly told the agent that he could print an even better product with a newer $10 bill; and the agent agreed to bring a newer bill.

The agent brought three new $10 bills to the printing plant Tuesday night and Jenkins made up three printing plates of the fronts of the bills and one plate of the back, investigators added. Jenkins reportedly said he could not print any two-sided bills until the ink dried, but turned the partly finished bills over to the agent.

Jenkins was then arrested by other Secret Service agents who were watching the transaction, investigators added. Jenkins was ordered held on $9.500 bond by U.S Magistrate Jean F. Dwyer.