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, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge D. Brock Hornby to 2 years in prison for passing counterfeit U.S currency. Cupidore pleaded guilty on August 18, 2014.
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.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Secret Service, the South Portland Police Department and the Seabrook and Newington, New Hampshire Police Departments.