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Scranton Man Sentenced To 12 Months’ Imprisonment For Passing Counterfeit United States Currency At Luzerne County Casinos

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

SCRANTON- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Askia Riddick, age 25, of Scranton, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to twelve months’ imprisonment by U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion for passing counterfeit federal reserve notes. 

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Riddick passed a total of $1,800 in counterfeit federal reserve notes at the Mohegan Sun Casino and the Mt. Airy Casino between November and December of 2021. 

Judge Mannion also ordered that Riddick serve two years of supervised release upon his release from custody, and that Riddick pay $1000 in restitution for related conduct to the Wind Creek Casino located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

The matter was investigated by the United States Secret Service, the Pennsylvania State Police, the New Jersey State Police, the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office (NJ), and the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney James Buchanan prosecuted the case.

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Updated October 28, 2022

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