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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Gray Man Pleads Guilty to Passing Counterfeit Currency

Contact: Halsey B. Frank
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that John
E. Williams, 33, of Gray, Maine pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to passing
counterfeit United States currency.

According to court documents, on November 15, 2012, the defendant used a counterfeit
$100 bill to buy $18.51 worth of merchandise at the Advanced Auto Parts store in Windham. On
November 26, 2012, he used a counterfeit $50 bill to buy kerosene at the Big Apple store in
Windham. The counterfeit currency was created with an inkjet printer and bleached currency of
lower denominations. Law enforcement agents searched the defendant’s residence in Raymond and
his vehicles on November 28, 2012 and seized counterfeiting materials.

Williams faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. He will be sentenced
after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service, the Scarborough,
Windham, Raymond, Paris, Oxford, Saco, Kittery, and Auburn Police Departments, and the
Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

Updated January 26, 2015