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Louisburg Man Senteced For Counterfiet Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court on Tuesday, before Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox, MATTHEW WILLIAMS, of Louisburg, NC, was sentenced to a 42 month term of imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release, on charges of Conspiracy to Make Counterfeit Currency, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371, Possession of Counterfeit Currency, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 472, and Manufacturing Counterfeit Currency, in violation Title 18, United States Code, Section 471.  WILLIAMS was also ordered to pay a $2,000.00 fine.

In November 2012 WILLIAMS had pleaded guilty to an indictment that charged him with using a high quality scanner at his residence in Louisburg, NC, to manufacture and distribute counterfeit $5, $10, and $20 dollar bills in July of 2010.  WILLIAMS sold counterfeit currency in exchange for genuine currency, usually at a price of $300.00 for $1,000.00 in counterfeit currency.  WILLIAMS also instructed others on how to manufacture counterfeit currency, and he distributed counterfeit currency to other people, teaching them how and where to successfully pass counterfeit currency. 

Investigation of this case was conducted by the United States Secret Service and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney Evan Rikhye represented the United States.

Updated July 14, 2015