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

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Three Toledo men indicted for making and passing counterfeit bills

A three-count indictment was filed charging three Toledo men with crimes related to counterfeiting, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Lafoe D. White, 23; Myron A.L. Haskins, 26; and Raymond C. Armstrong, 56, were indicted on charges of conspiracy, counterfeiting obligations or securities of the United States, and uttering counterfeit obligations or securities of the United States.

Count 1 of the indictment alleges that in January 2015, White, Haskins and Armstrong conspired to manufacture and possess counterfeit Federal Reserve Notes and then attempt to pass the counterfeit notes at retail establishments.

On or about January 22, 2015, Myron A.L. Haskins possessed an inkjet printer, linen paper and counterfeit $5, $10, and $20 Federal Reserve Notes. On or about January 22, 2015, Lafoe D. White gave counterfeit $10 Federal Reserve Notes to Raymond C. Armstrong. On or about January 22, 2015, Raymond C. Armstrong attempted to pass counterfeit $10 Federal Reserve Notes at a retail store in Boardman, Ohio, according to the indictment.

Count 2 of the indictment alleges that on or about January 22, 2015, White and Haskins did counterfeit, falsely make and forge counterfeited $5, $10, and $20 Federal Reserve Notes.

Count 3 of the indictment alleges that on or about January 22, 2015 White, Haskins and Armstrong attempted to pass counterfeited obligations at a Wal-Mart in Boardman, Ohio.

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

The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the United States Secret Service and the Boardman Police Department.   The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David M. Toepfer.

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.

Updated January 8, 2016