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PENNSYLVANIA MAN SENTENCED TO 92 MONTHS FOR COUNTERFEITING AND SOCIAL SECURITY FRAUD

FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2010

BOSTON, MA - A Pennsylvania man was sentenced today in federal court for conspiracy to counterfeit U.S. currency, passing counterfeit U.S. currency, possessing a digital image of U.S. currency with the intent to defraud and false representation of a Social Security number.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Steven Ricciardi, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, John Gibbons, United States Marshal for the District of Massachusetts and John Grasso, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Division of the Office of Investigation, Office of the Inspector General, United States Social Security Administration, announced today that RYAN JAMES CRAIG, 28, formerly of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor to 92 months imprisonment, to be followed by four years of supervised release, a $242,800 money judgment and forfeiture of the computer media used in his crimes.

At the earlier plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that between January 17, 2006 and February 2, 2007, CRAIG conspired to counterfeit U.S. currency. In this conspiracy, CRAIG and his co-conspirators: bleached genuine $1 and $5 Federal Reserve Notes (“FRNs”) to create blank currency paper; used a computer to reprint $100 counterfeit FRNs on the genuine currency paper left after bleaching; passed the counterfeit FRNs at stores in Massachusetts and elsewhere; under false pretenses, researched counterfeiting techniques at the National Archives in New York City; and used an alias and the genuine social security number of a real person to obtain a debit card, which they then used to attempt to obtain a specialized magnetic ink and a sophisticated computer printer.

To further the conspiracy CRAIG traveled with his co-conspirators through a variety of states, including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida during which time CRAIG and his co-conspirators continued to engage in widespread counterfeiting.

The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service, United States Marshals Service and the Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow of Ortiz’s Springfield Office.

 

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