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Dorchester Man Sentenced on Counterfeiting Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Dorchester man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for selling counterfeit bills.

Franklin Perry, 53, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. to 15 months in prison, two years of supervised release and forfeiture. In April 2019, Perry pleaded guilty to one count of dealing in counterfeit currency and two counts of passing and uttering counterfeit obligations of the United States. Perry was arrested in August 2018 during a law enforcement sweep targeting federal drug, firearms and counterfeiting offenses.

On June 27, 2018, Perry sold 10 counterfeit $100 bills to an individual who was working with federal law enforcement officers. On July 25, 2018, Perry purchased items from a retail store in Westwood, including an ink jet printer, with $500 in counterfeit $100 bills. That same day, he also purchased items at another retail store in Walpole with $500 in counterfeit bills. All of the counterfeit bills were manufactured using an inkjet printer on real currency that had been bleached first.

On Aug. 23, 2018, five inkjet printers, cleaning solution, bleach, counterfeit currency and real currency were found during a search of Perry’s residence.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Stephen A. Marks, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service, Boston Field Division, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney S. William Abely of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.

Updated October 23, 2019