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									ATLANTA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO COUNTERFEITING AND DISTRIBUTING OVER A MILLION DOLLARS IN FAKE $100 BILS                                                 12/1/11 10:12 AM




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         ATLANTA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO COUNTERFEITING AND
       DISTRIBUTING OVER A MILLION DOLLARS IN FAKE $100 BILLS
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              CONTACT: Patrick Crosby
    November 22, 2011                                                                           (404)581-6016
    http://www.jusice.gov/usao/gan/                                                         FAX (404)581-6160

                                  Bills Passed in at Least Ten Different States                                                           Special Page


            ATLANTA, GA - VINCENT GEROME ROME, JR., 25, of Atlanta, Georgia, pleaded guilty late
    yesterday in federal district court to manufacturing counterfeit $100 bills and being a felon in possession
    of a firearm.

           United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, “This defendant may have used an old-fashioned
    method to make counterfeit currency, but he made a staggering amount. As this case shows, counterfeiting
    cash is more risky than ever, and the Secret Service is well equipped to make old-fashioned arrests and put
    defendants like this one in prison.”

          Reginald G. Moore, Special Agent in Charge, United States Secret Service, Atlanta Field Office, said,
    “Since investigating counterfeit U.S. currency has been a core federal violation for the United States Secret                Making sure that victims of federal
    Service for nearly 150 years, protecting the integrity as well as maintaining the public's trust in our nation's            crimes are treated with compassion,
    currency is a priority. This case demonstrates the negative impact of counterfeit currency on our local                             fairness and respect
    economy. In conjunction with our local law enforcement partners, we will continue to aggressively pursue
    those who manufacture and pass counterfeit currency to the fullest extent of the law.”

           According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges and other information presented in court:
    Over an approximately two-year period ending in August 2011, ROME created over $1.2 million in
    counterfeit $100 bills by removing the original image from genuine $5 bills using bleach or other
    commercial cleaners and solvents, and printing a new image bearing a $100 denomination on the genuine
    currency paper. ROME then sold the counterfeit currency to others in the Atlanta metropolitan area, who
    in turn passed the counterfeit currency in over ten states, primarily in the Southeast. During a search of
    ROME’s residence in August 2011, law enforcement recovered multiple bleaching trays, one of which
    contained $5 bills sitting in a commercial degreaser that were in the process of having the $5 images                       Training and seminars for Federal,
    removed, multiple printers, dozens of bank wrappers used to wrap stacks of $5 bills, thousands in                           State, and Local Law Enforcement
    counterfeit $100 bills, and three firearms.                                                                                             Agencies.

          Sentencing has been set for February 7, 2012 at 11 a.m. before United States District Judge Amy
    Totenberg.

          This case is being investigated by Special Agents of the United States Secret Service.

          Assistant United States Attorney Nick Oldham is prosecuting the case.

           For further information please contact Sally Q. Yates, United States Attorney, or Charysse L.
    Alexander, Executive Assistant United States Attorney, through Patrick Crosby, Public Affairs Officer, U.S.
    Attorney's Office, at (404) 581-6016. The Internet address for the HomePage for the U.S. Attorney's Office
    for the Northern District of Georgia is www.justice.gov/usao/gan.

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