Man Pleads Guilty to Counterfeiting U.S. Currency
BOSTON – A Dominican man has pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston to his role in a conspiracy in which he sold nearly $150,000 in counterfeit U.S. currency.
Maximo Morillo, 64, pleaded guilty to three counts of counterfeiting U.S. currency outside of the U.S. and one count of conspiracy. U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs scheduled sentencing for Feb. 13, 2024. Morillo was indicted by a federal grand jury in October 2019 along with co-conspirator Ruben Diario Diaz Sanchez.
According to the charging documents, in or about October 2014, Diaz Sanchez, who resided in the Dominican Republic, allegedly solicited an individual in the United States to purchase and smuggle counterfeit U.S. Currency into the United States. Morillo served as the point of contact with a printer manufacturing the counterfeit U.S. Currency in the Dominican Republic. Between May 2015 and January 2016, in the Dominican Republic, Morillo and, allegedly, Diaz Sanchez arranged three sales of counterfeit $100 bills for a total face value of $149,900.
The charges of counterfeiting U.S. currency outside of the U.S. each provide for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison on each of the three counts of five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. The charge of conspiracy provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.
Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy and Michael J. Krol, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New England made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney David G. Tobin of the Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.
The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The remaining defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.