Wilmerding Man Pleads Guilty To Illegally Making Counterfeit Cash And Possessing Weapons
PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Wilmerding, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of manufacturing counterfeit currency and illegally possessing a firearm as a felon, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
James Harris, 45, pleaded guilty to two counts before Chief United States District Judge Gary L. Lancaster.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Harris sold $5,000 in counterfeit currency to an undercover informant before a search warrant was executed at his residence. During the search, approximately $8,000 of additional counterfeit currency was seized, as well as two firearms.
Judge Lancaster scheduled sentencing for July 22, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Pending sentencing, the court continued Harris on bond.
Assistant United States Attorney James T. Kitchen is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The United States Secret Service conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Harris.