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July 20, 2012

DAVID BAKARE, age 23, a citizen of Nigeria, was charged today in a one-count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury for importing counterfeit United States currency, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.

According to the indictment, on or about February 14, 2012, BAKARE, in the Eastern District of Louisiana and elsewhere, with intent to defraud, concealed and brought into the United States $5,000.00 in counterfeit United States currency, knowing that it was counterfeit.

If convicted for this offense, BAKARE faces a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty (20) years, a fine of $250,000.00 and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendants must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U. S. Secret Service with the assistance of U. S. Customs and Border Protection.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Mimi Nguyen and Special Assistant U. S. Attorney Robert Weir.

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