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Bowie Man Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Buying and Selling Counterfeit Checks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 10, 2008

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced Daniel Jeron Harrison, age 22, of Bowie, Maryland today to 30 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release for possession of counterfeit securities, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to his plea agreement, from 2003 to 2004 Harrison purchased counterfeit American Express travelers checks and American Express gift checks from George Valentine, who produced the counterfeit checks in his home using specialized printers. Harrison resold about $100,000 in counterfeit securities to others for cash.

U.S. Secret Service agents searched his residence on November 9, 2004 and seized 47 counterfeit $100 travelers checks.

The government contends that over 200 victim businesses accepted the counterfeit checks as a result of this scheme, resulting in losses to American Express of over $1 million.

Defendant George Valentine, age 39, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, pleaded guilty on April 8, 2008 to his participation in this scheme. He faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for mail fraud; and 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for manufacturing and possessing the counterfeit checks. Judge Williams has scheduled his sentencing for July 21, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for their investigative work and commended Assistant United States Attorney Chan Park, who is prosecuting the case.

 

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