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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Rochester Man Pleads Guilty to Making Counterfeit Currency

 

        ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Adrian Clemons, 32, of Rochester, N.Y., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Charles J. Siragusa to making counterfeit United States currency.  The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who is handling the case, stated that between January 2013 and March 2013, Clemons created more than $10,000 of fake money using a scanner and a printer. The defendant then sold the counterfeit bills to others to pass at local stores as genuine currency.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation by Special Agents of the Secret Service, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Tracy Gast.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 13, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. before Judge Siragusa.