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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

Monday, September 16, 2019

Tennessee Man Sentenced for Role in Ugandan Counterfeit Currency Distribution Ring

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A Tennessee resident has been sentenced in federal court to three years (36 months) of probation, the first nine months on home detention, 250 hours of community service, a $5,000 fine and ordered to pay $120,710 in restitution on his conviction of conspiracy and transferring counterfeit currency, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Chief United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on Cole M. Harris aka Ink, 23, of Knoxville, TN.

According to information presented to the court, Harris was a reshipper in the United States for the distribution of Ugandan manufactured counterfeit currency that was being sold online by an individual using the moniker Willy Clock. Harris also traveled to Uganda and smuggled the counterfeit currency into the United States.

Assistant United States Attorney Shardul S. Desai prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Brady commended the U.S. Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Harris.

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