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District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Federal Jury Finds New York Man Guilty Of Passing Counterfeit $100 Bills At Connecticut Stores


David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal jury in Hartford has found SHAUN WHITEHEAD, 26, of Brooklyn, N.Y., guilty of using counterfeit U.S. currency to purchase items at five Connecticut stores.  The trial before Senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello began on April 8 and the jury returned its verdict late yesterday after deliberating for approximately one hour.

According to the evidence presented during the trial, in January and February 2011, WHITEHEAD used counterfeit $100 bills to purchase iPads and Bose headsets from retail stores in Windsor, Waterford, Lisbon, South Windsor and Naugatuck.

WHITEHEAD was found guilty of five counts of passing counterfeit obligations.  When he is sentenced, he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.  A sentencing date has not been scheduled.

WHITEHEAD has been detained since March 9, 2011, when he was arrested in Massachusetts on a state larceny charge.  He has been in federal custody since August 24, 2012.

This matter was investigated by the United States Secret Service, with the assistance of the police departments of Windsor, Waterford, South Windsor, Naugatuck and North Attleborough (Mass.), and the Connecticut State Police.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Felice Duffy and Ray Miller.

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