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Erie Man Facing Charges Related To Counterfeit Cash

January 12, 2011

ERIE, Pa. ‑ A resident of Erie, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie on charges of violating federal counterfeiting laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The three-count indictment named Darion Antwan Mitchell, 20, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, Mitchell passed counterfeit federal reserve notes to local businesses in Erie and possessed three counterfeit federal reserve notes.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 60 years in prison, a fine of $750,000, 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 Marshall J. Piccinini is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Secret Service and the Erie Police Department 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.

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