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Four New Yorkers Appear in Federal Court On Counterfeiting Charges

October 23, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Daniel Hyacinthe, 24, Malik Delima, 22, Lateek Cargo, 26, and Larry Galbreith, 22, all of Brooklyn, New York, appeared again today in United States District Court in Burlington in connection with counterfeiting and drug possession charges that were filed against them last Friday. After today's hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy released Hyacinthe on conditions pending trial. The court ordered that the three other defendants be detained without bail.

According to court records, on the evening of October 18, 2012, South Burlington Police Officers encountered Hyacinthe, Delima and Cargo at a gas station on Shelburne Road in South Burlington after receiving reports from several businesses in the area that individuals in a car matching the description of the defendant's vehicle had passed, or attempted to pass, counterfeit $100 bills. After reportedly obtaining consent to search the vehicle, officers found seven counterfeit $100 bills, receipts showing purchases earlier that day at Burlington-area stores that were paid for with $100 bills, and a color printer that had the capability of photocopying documents. The defendants allegedly made the counterfeit $100 bills by bleaching real $5 bills, then making a photo-reproduction of a $100 bill on the $5 bill paper stock.

According to court papers, officers learned that one of the defendants had been staying at a near-by motel. After they obtained a warrant to search the motel room, officers found 13 more counterfeit $100 bills and 28 bleached $5 bills. They also found Larry Galbreith in the motel room. Upon being searched, Galbreith was found to be in possession of 16 oxycodone pills and about 75 grams of a substance which field-tested positive for cocaine and methamphetamine. 

All four defendants have been charged with conspiracy to make and utter counterfeit U.S. currency. In addition, Galbreith is charged with possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

The United States Attorney emphasizes that the charges in the complaint are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty.

If convicted of the counterfeiting charges, the defendants face up to 20 years of imprisonment and fines of up to $250,000. The drug charge is punishable by up to 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $1,000,000. The actual sentence would be determined with reference to federal sentencing guidelines.

The defendants are represented to Assistant Federal Public Defender David McColgin; David Watts; Brooks McArthur; and Robert Behrens. The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Waples.

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