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Dominican Man Pleads Guilty To Counterfeiting U.S. Currency

November 24, 2023

A Dominican man pleaded guilty in a federal court in Boston this week for his involvement in a conspiracy to sell counterfeit U.S. currency amounting to nearly $150,000.

Maximo Morillo, aged 64, pleaded guilty to three charges related to counterfeiting U.S. currency outside the United States and one count of conspiracy, according to a press release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.

Sentencing by U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs is scheduled for February 13, 2024.

Morillo and his co-conspirator, Ruben Diario Diaz Sanchez, were indicted by a federal grand jury in October 2019.

Diaz Sanchez, while living in the Dominican Republic around October 2014, purportedly sought an individual in the United States to clandestinely bring counterfeit U.S. currency into the country. Morillo acted as the intermediary with a printer producing the counterfeit bills in the Dominican Republic.

Between May 2015 and January 2016, in the Dominican Republic, Morillo and Diaz Sanchez allegedly orchestrated three transactions involving counterfeit $100 bills, totaling $149,900 in face value.

Each charge of counterfeiting U.S. currency outside the U.S. carries a potential sentence of up to 20 years in prison for each of the three counts, along with five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. The conspiracy charge carries a potential sentence of up to five years in prison, five years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.

The final sentencing will be determined by a federal district court judge, taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes governing sentence determination in criminal cases.


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