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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Maple Heights Resident Charged With Counterfeiting Currency

A grand jury returned a one-count indictment charging Leevern Coleman, 43, with manufacturing counterfeit United States currency, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The indictment alleges that Coleman manufactured counterfeit $10 Federal Reserve notes, counterfeit $20 Federal Reserve notes, and counterfeit $50 Federal Reserve notes.  Forfeiture of equipment used to manufacture the counterfeit United States currency is also sought.

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.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Gregory C. Sasse, following investigation by agents of the 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.

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