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

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Harrisburg Man Charged With Manufacturing Counterfeit U.S. Currency

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Abdel Jaber Obaid, age 31, of Harrisburg, was indicted yesterday and charged with Manufacturing Counterfeit Obligations of the United States.

     According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, in at least as early as April 2012, Obaid began manufacturing counterfeit $50 and $20 bills, which were then passed at businesses throughout Dauphin County.  If convicted, Obaid faces 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.

     This case is being investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Harrisburg Bureau of Police and the Lower Paxton and Swatara Police Departments and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daryl F. Bloom.

     Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

     A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

     In this case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is 20 years imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

Updated April 17, 2015