Man deported from Uganda for white collar crimes
In a trial that has been going on for nearly a year, an American who has been on trial in Kampala, Uganda on charges of counterfeiting currency notes worth more than $180,000 will be deported to the United States, where he will face criminal charges in Pittsburgh. According to witnesses, the suspect pleaded with the Ugandan judge not to deport him, tell the judge he feared for his life if he were to be deported. The man was charged last December by the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of PA with leading an international counterfeit money operation based in Uganda. Authorities say that the man manufactured more than $2 million in counterfeit U.S. currency and passed most of it along in Uganda, but that he sold about $270,000 worth, which was shipped to locations in American, such as Pittsburgh, Washington, Minnesota, Texas, and Florida. The man allegedly went by two other aliases and mainly lived in Texas and Colorado when he was in the United States. He was arrested on 11 December 2014 in Kampala, Uganda. Printers and other equipment used to make fake twenty, fifty, and hundred dollar bills were seized. Agents recovered approximately $30,000 in Pittsburgh. The counterfeit scheme began to unravel in December 2013 when a Pittsburgh man named used a $100 bill to buy a cup of coffee at a local coffee shop. At the time, he was facing federal charges of embezzling more than $2 million from Bank of New York Mellon Corp. He is currently serving up to seven and a half years in jail, five years on probation, and $4 million in restitution, more than half of which will go to BNY Mellon, for bank fraud, internet fraud, and counterfeiting. A bank employee flagged the counterfeit $100 bill in a deposit, authorities said. Investigators traced the bill to Graziano, and further investigation determined Gustafson was shipping the bills to others. If you have been charged with white collar crimes such as counterfeiting or bank fraud, call Pittsburgh white collar crimes attorney Gary Gerson today for a free consultation at 412-219-6875.
Source: TribLive.com, “Uganda to deport American connected Pittsburgh counterfeiting case” 3 December 2015