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Kissimmee Man Charged with Possessing More than $275,000 of Counterfeit Currency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2012

Orlando, FL - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the filing of a criminal complaint charging Fabian Ortiz (33, Kissimmee) with possession of counterfeit currency. If convicted, Ortiz faces a maximum penalty of twenty years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

According to court documents, on March 28, 2012, Ortiz sold $5,000 of counterfeit currency to an undercover agent. After selling the counterfeit currency to the agent, Ortiz’s vehicle was stopped by police who then recovered approximately $50,000 of counterfeit currency concealed in Ortiz’s vehicle. On April 3, 2012, Ortiz agreed to sell an additional $100,000 of counterfeit currency to an undercover agent. Prior to selling the counterfeit currency, Ortiz was arrested. After his arrest, agents seized approximately $225,000 of counterfeit currency from Ortiz.

A criminal complaint is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service with the assistance of the Florida Highway Patrol and the Kissimmee Police Department. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Haas.

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