New Jersey Man Indicted for Passing Over $2,600 In Counterfeit Currency at Stores in Pennsylvania


SCRANTON, PA — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Brandon Williams, age 35, of Mercer County, New Jersey, was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on charges of passing counterfeit federal reserve notes.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment alleges that on April 20, 2022, Williams and an unidentified female co-conspirator passed $1,400 in counterfeit bills at the Michaels store in Dickson City and $750 in counterfeit bills at the CVS Pharmacy located on Green Ridge Street in Scranton.  On April 23, 2022, Williams passed $280 in counterfeit bills at the Walmart in Montoursville, $160 in counterfeit bills at the Weis Market in Montoursville and attempted to pass additional counterfeit bills at the Dollar Tree in Bloomsburg but was unsuccessful.

The charges resulted from an investigation conducted by the United States Secret Service, the Dickson City Police Department, the Scranton Police Department, the Montoursville Police Department, and the Hemlock Township Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara is prosecuting the case.

The maximum penalty under federal law for each charge is 20 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

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