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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 18, 2014

New York Man Pleads Guilty to Passing Counterfeit Currency

Contact: Michael J. Conley
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that
Andrew Cupidore, 21, of New York, New York, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court before
Judge D. Brock Hornby to passing counterfeit U.S currency.

According to court records, on April 21, 2014, a police officer patrolling the Maine Mall
in South Portland located four female minors from New York who were using counterfeit $100
bills to pay for purchases in the mall. The officer seized over $1000 in counterfeit $100 bills
from the minors. The investigation revealed that Cupidore gave the minors the counterfeit bills
and told them to pass them in the mall and to return change from the transactions to him.
Officers located Cupidore hiding in a mall restroom and seized nine counterfeit $100 bills from
him.

Cupidore faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced after
completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Secret Service, the South Portland Police
Department and the Seabrook and Newington, New Hampshire Police Departments.

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