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

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Ocala Man Pleads Guilty To Manufacturing Counterfeit Currency

Orlando, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that Jerrell L. Epps (27, Ocala) pleaded guilty today to making counterfeit United States Federal Reserve Notes. Epps faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

According to court documents, beginning on at least December 3, 2009, and continuing through September 15, 2011, Epps manufactured counterfeit United States currency at his residence. Epps provided some of the counterfeit currency to others with the knowledge that it would be passed into circulation. He also sold some of the counterfeit currency to another individual in exchange for genuine currency. On February 26, 2010, United States Secret Service agents recovered counterfeit currency and equipment used to manufacture the notes from Epps's Ocala home.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew C. Searle.

Updated January 26, 2015