New Jersey Man Sentenced To 16 Months’ Imprisonment For Passing Over $2,600 In Counterfeit Currency At Stores In Lackawanna, Lycoming, And Columbia Counties
SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Ahmed Brima, age 36, of Staten Island, New York, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Court Judge Julia K. Munley, to the charge of passing counterfeit federal reserve notes.
According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Brima admitted that on May 16, 2023, he passed or attempted to pass counterfeit $100 bills at the CVS Pharmacy in East Stroudsburg, the Rite Aid in Stroudsburg, the Rite Aid in East Stroudsburg, the Walgreens in Stroud Township, and the Dollar General in East Stroudsburg. Brima was apprehended after the incident at the CVS Pharmacy in East Stroudsburg. The total amount of counterfeit currency that Brima passed, attempted to pass, or possessed was $3800.
The charges resulted from an investigation conducted by the United States Secret Service and the Stroud Area Regional Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara is prosecuting the case.
The maximum penalty under federal law for each charge is 20 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.