Capital Heights Man Pleads Guilty to Counterfeiting over $70,000
Continued to Make and Pass Counterfeit Bills After Arrests and Release Into Mother’s Custody
Greenbelt, Maryland - Carlvestri Clark, age 27, of Capitol Heights, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to five counts of making counterfeit money and passing the counterfeit money at retail stores in Maryland and Virginia, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to the plea agreement, from May 2007 to January 2008, Clark manufactured $50 counterfeit bills using a de-greaser and microwave which he purchased with counterfeit bills that he had previously manufactured. Clark passed between $70,000 and $120,000 of counterfeit bills to purchase items at grocery, liquor and other retail stores in Largo, Bowie, and Silver Spring, Maryland; and Springfield, Virginia.
Montgomery County police arrested Clark on November 8, 2007 at a movie theater in Silver Spring, after the manager identified the money used by Clark to purchase movie tickets and food as counterfeit. In the next several months, law enforcement agents followed Clark from his home to several stores, and observed Clark passing additional $50 counterfeit bills.
On February 20, 2008, federal law enforcement agents searched a home in Upper Marlboro, Maryland which Clark used as his base to manufacture the counterfeit bills, and seized two scanners, a copier, nine sheets of paper with numerous counterfeit $50 bills printed on them, several gallons of de-greaser and sponges with green ink matching that of the color on genuine bills.
Clark was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 5, 2008 on five counterfeiting charges, arraigned and released into the custody of his mother. In April and May 2008, a cooperating individual purchased at least 47 counterfeit $50 bills manufactured by Clark at his mother’s residence. On May 29, Clark agreed to provide the individual with 20 more counterfeit $50 bills that Clark manufactured at his mother’s residence.
On May 29, 2009, U.S. Secret Service agents and Prince George’s County Sheriff deputies arrested Clark on state counterfeiting charges and searched his mother’s home. They seized numerous counterfeit bills, computers, printers and other items used by Clark to manufacture counterfeit money.
Clark faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for each of the five counts. U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus has scheduled sentencing for May 4, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. Clark is detained pending sentencing.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Montgomery County Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Secret Service and the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Department for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney James A. Crowell, IV, who is prosecuting the case.