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Cleveland men indicted for passing counterfeit $50 and $20 bills

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

Two Cleveland men were indicted for attempting to pass counterfeit $50 and $20 bills.

Jamel Williams, 35, tried to spend 16 counterfeit $50 bills and three counterfeit $20 bills at the Target in Mayfield Heights on Nov. 27, 2015, according to the indictment.

Antoine Blackshear, 42, tried to spend 10 counterfeit $50 and 10 counterfeit $20 bills on on Nov. 3, 2016, according to the indictment.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ranya Elzein is prosecuting the case following an investigation by United States Secret Service. 

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial, in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


Mike Tobin

Updated October 25, 2018