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May 25, 2011
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RANDALLSTOWN MAN SENTENCED TO 30 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR PRODUCING AND PASSING COUNTERFEIT $100 BILLS
Coconspirator Killed in Shootout with Baltimore County Police
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson sentenced Daryl S. Bacon, age 32, of Randallstown, Maryland, today to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for dealing in counterfeit currency.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Barbara Golden of the United States Secret Service – Baltimore Field Office; and Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department.
According to Bacon’s plea agreement, Bacon and co-conspirator Joshua Cammarata produced counterfeit notes which they sold or used to buy merchandise. Bacon and Cammarata would retrieve a printer from a storage unit, and go to a hotel that Bacon referred to as “the lab,” where Bacon and Cammarata would bleach genuine $5 bills and reprint them as counterfeit $100 bills.
Bacon and Cammarata would distribute the counterfeit bills by either selling them for a percentage of their counterfeit face value, or providing them to “runners” to purchase merchandise of nominal value, who returned the bulk of the change to Bacon and/or Cammarata. During March and April 2010, Bacon sold about 30 of the counterfeit $100 bills to a man in the Baltimore, Maryland area, for approximately $50 for each counterfeit bill. Cammarata was arrested in June 2010 for his participation in the scheme.
On July 21, 2010, the U.S. Secret Service was contacted regarding the suspected manufacturing of counterfeit $100 bills at a hotel in Pikesville, Maryland. Multiple sheets of paper bearing images of $100 bills were recovered from a trash can at the hotel. During the preceding month, hotel employees had also discovered clear trash bags in a stairwell trash can that contained sheets of paper containing images of $100 bills. Video surveillance footage from the hotel for the night of July 20, 2010 showed Bacon and co-conspirator Eric Stokes exiting a room on several occasions with trash bags in their hands, walking in the direction of the stairwell trash can.
Previously, on July 19, 2010, a Baltimore County Police officer responded to the Target store in Pikesville, approximately a quarter-mile from the hotel, regarding a purchase made with a counterfeit $100 bill. Examination revealed that the serial number on the counterfeit bill matched the serial number of several of the images found on the sheets of paper recovered at the hotel.
On July 22, 2010 Baltimore County Police saw Bacon, Stokes and another man arrive at the hotel. A short time later they exited the hotel room carrying large trash bags and returning to their vehicle. Officers ordered Eric Stokes to drop the bags. Stokes took out a handgun and fired upon the officers. The officers returned fire, and fatally shot him. Bacon and the other man dropped their bags and fled during the gunfire. Both were apprehended. The trash bags were found to contain two scanner/printers, and items to bleach genuine currency and manufacture counterfeit currency.
Between December 2009 and July 2010, Bacon was responsible for the production and distribution of approximately $47,500 worth of counterfeit $100 bills.
Joseph Cammarata pleaded guilty to passing counterfeit currency and was sentenced to 21 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Secret Service and the Baltimore County Police for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein praised Assistant U.S. Attorney P. Michael Cunningham, who prosecuted the case.