Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte sentenced Jasonn A. Williams, age 36, of Jamaica, New York, today to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring to pass counterfeit $100 bills and conspiring to commit money laundering. Judge Messitte also entered an order that Williams pay restitution of $18,600 and forfeit $22,462.88.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Acting Special Agent in Charge James Murray of the United States Secret Service - Washington Field Office.
According to his plea agreement and court documents, from December 1, 2012 to April 29, 2013, Williams, Larry Barringer, Donte Barringer, Jamarr Little and others used counterfeit $100 bills to purchase inexpensive merchandise and receive change in genuine currency; to purchase money orders and prepaid money cards, including Greendot cards; and to purchase expensive merchandise, such as computers. The conspirators exchanged the merchandise purchased with the counterfeit $100 bills for genuine U.S. currency and used the money orders and money cards purchased with the counterfeit bills to conduct other financial transactions.
Judge Messitte found that in the conspiracy to pass counterfeit money and in the money laundering conspiracy, the loss attributable to Williams exceeded $30,000.
Larry L. Barringer, age 54, of Baltimore, previously pleaded guilty to the counterfeiting and money laundering conspiracy and was sentenced to five years in prison. Donte Barringer, age 37, and Jamarr Little, age 21, both of Washington, D.C., have also pleaded guilty to the counterfeiting conspiracy. Little was sentenced to a year and a day in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $10,900. Donte Barringer was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay $18,600 in restitution.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the U.S. Secret Service – Washington Field Office for its work in the investigation and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas P. Windom, who prosecuted the case.