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Man pleads guilty in Ugandan counterfeiting, other scams

27 February 2015, 12:45

Pittsburgh - A man has pleaded guilty in a counterfeit money scheme based in Uganda, along with several other scams in which he was free on bond when he got caught passing a bogus $100 bill at a Pennsylvania coffee shop.

Twenty-nine-year-old Joseph Graziano pleaded guilty Wednesday in Pittsburgh. He likely faces between seven to nine years in prison when he is sentenced May 22.

Among other things, Graziano admitted stealing $2.44 million while working for Bank of New York Mellon in Pittsburgh from 2009 to 2012. In another scheme, he sold computers on eBay but shipped customers empty boxes, claiming the merchandise was stolen by postal inspectors.

His arrest for passing the bogus $100 bill led to the December arrest of the suspected Uganda-based counterfeiter who allegedly shipped him bogus bills.

- AP


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