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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Birmingham Man Indicted on Counterfeiting and Firearms Charges

BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury today indicted a Birmingham man on counterfeiting and firearms charges, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Robert O. Posey and U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Michael Williams.

A three-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges HOLLIS NIKIA BULLARD, 22, with making counterfeit $100 bills, dealing in counterfeit $100 bills and possessing a Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolver as a convicted felon, all on Jan. 4.

According to the indictment, Bullard was convicted of a felony burglary offense in Jefferson County Circuit Court in August 2015, and of felony receipt of stolen property in February 2014.

Police arrested Bullard on the federal counterfeiting and firearm possession charges on Jan. 4 at his apartment on Center Point Parkway in Birmingham, where they found counterfeited $100 bills, according to a Jan. 5 arrest complaint filed in U.S. District Court. Secret Service agents recovered counterfeit bills totaling more than $15,000 in the course of the investigation, according to the complaint.

The maximum penalty for both making counterfeit U.S. currency and dealing in counterfeit currency is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The maximum penalty for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The Secret Service and the Jefferson County Regional Fraud Task Force investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Robin Beardsley Mark is prosecuting.

An indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Updated January 26, 2017