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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Clearwater And Jacksonville Men Indicted For Manufacturing And Passing Counterfeit Federal Reserve Notes

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging Darius Jondi Edwards (35, Clearwater) with manufacturing and passing counterfeit currency. His co-defendant, Timothy Deante Burroughs (28, Jacksonville), is charged with passing counterfeit currency. If convicted on all counts, Edwards faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in federal prison. Burroughs faces a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment. Both men were arraigned earlier this month and ordered detained.

According to the indictment, Edwards began manufacturing counterfeit currency, beginning at least in November 2014. Edwards and Burroughs then began passing the counterfeit currency in Duval County, Florida.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of one or more federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the United States Secret Service. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Frein.

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Updated April 20, 2015