PORTLAND, Maine — A Gray man has pleaded guilty to passing counterfeit money, U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty announced Thursday.
John E. Williams, 33, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines, Delahanty’s office said in an announcement.
According to the U.S. attorney’s office, Williams created at least two counterfeit bills using an inkjet printer and bleached currency of lower denominations.
He produced a faux $100 bill, which he used on Nov. 15, 2012, to buy $18.51 worth of merchandise at the Advanced Auto Parts store in Windham, and then he spent a counterfeit $50 to buy kerosene at the town’s Big Apple convenience store less than two weeks later, Delahanty’s office said.
“Law enforcement agents searched the defendant’s residence in Raymond and his vehicles on Nov. 28, 2012, and seized counterfeiting materials,” the U.S. attorney’s office announcement stated, in part.
Delahanty credited the U.S. Secret Service, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and police departments in Scarborough, Windham, Raymond, Paris, Oxford, Saco, Kittery and Auburn with helping investigate the case.