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TUESDAY - November 17, 2009

RALEIGH MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO COUNTERFEIT PASSING CONSPIRACY

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday RENE AMADOR CASTILLO, 59, of Raleigh, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to conspiring to pass and utter counterfeit obligations of the United States, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.

A Criminal Information was filed on November 4, 2009.

As alleged in the Information, from July 19, 2009, to August 13, 2009, CASTILLO and others traveled throughout the Eastern District of North Carolina passing counterfeit Federal Reserve Notes. On July 19, 2009, CASTILLO and other conspirators each separately entered a Wal-mart, made a small purchase using a counterfeit $100 bill, received genuine currency in return as change and then returned to CASTILLO’s vehicle. That same day, the conspirators went to a Food Lion, again made small purchases with counterfeit $100 bills and received genuine currency in return.

As further stated in the Information, on August 7, 2009, at a Lowe’s Home Improvement Center and a Home Depot, both in Apex, North Carolina, CASTILLO passed counterfeit Federal Reserve Notes. The following day CASTILLO again passed counterfeit Federal Notes at a Best Buy on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh. Finally, on August 13, 2009, he again passed counterfeit bills at a Rite Aid in Rolesville, North Carolina.

Mr. Holding commented, “The counterfeit of U.S. currency and financial obligations attacks our economic system at its heart. Protection of that system remains a key responsibility of federal law enforcement and this office.”

The maximum penalty for the charge is up to five years imprisonment followed by up to three years supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the United States Secret Service and the Rolesville Police Department. This case is being handled by the Office’s Economic Crimes Section, with Assistant United States Attorney William Gilmore assigned as prosecutor.

News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s web page at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce within 48 hours of release.

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