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Counterfeit Check Maker Sentenced in Fraud Scheme Resulting in over $1.5 Million in Losses


Forfeits His Residence and Another Property in Upper Marlboro

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21, 2008

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced George Valentine, age 39, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, today to seven years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for wire fraud and for manufacturing and possessing counterfeit travelers and gift checks, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Williams also ordered that Valentine pay more than $1.5 million in restitution and forfeit his residence and another property, both in Upper Marlboro.

According to his plea agreement, Valentine manufactured counterfeit American Express travelers checks and American Express gift checks from 2003 to 2006, which he sold to co-conspirators for cash. He also manufactured false identification documents, including fake driver’s licenses, bearing the same names used on the counterfeit checks he produced.

In February 2006, Valentine shipped 100 counterfeit $100 gift checks to a co-conspirator in North Carolina.

On March 23, 2006, Valentine sold 100 counterfeit $100 gift checks to a co-conspirator in the District of Columbia and was arrested. Seized from his residence were two printers which Secret Service investigators had determined were the source for the manufacture of previously discovered counterfeit checks; another printer with counterfeit identification document images on the ribbon, along with white card stock bearing Maryland MVA holograms; 243 un-cut counterfeit American Express gift checks; three counterfeit AAA Visa travelers checks; one bag containing counterfeit American Express gift check cuttings; counterfeit American Express holograms; gloves; and numerous counterfeit identification documents and manufacturing supplies.

The court determined that over 200 victim businesses accepted the counterfeit checks, resulting in losses to American Express and retailers of over $1.5 million.

Defendant Daniel Jeron Harrison, age 22, of Bowie, Maryland pleaded guilty to his participation in this scheme and was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release on April 10, 2008.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the U.S. Secret Service for its investigative work and commended Assistant United States Attorney Chan Park, who prosecuted the case.

 

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