Wilmerding Man Charged With Counterfeiting, Illegally Possessing Weapon
PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Wilmerding, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of manufacturing and dealing in counterfeit obligations and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
The six‑count indictment named James Harris, 44, as the sole defendant.
According to the indictment, between July 26 and Aug. 12, 2010, Harris engaged in the practice of manufacturing and dealing in counterfeit currency. Furthermore, on Aug. 12, 2010, Harris illegally possessed a firearm after having been convicted of a felony.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 110 years in prison, a fine of $1,500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney James T. Kitchen is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The United States Secret Service conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.
An indictment or information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.