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Prince George's County Counterfeiter Pleads Guilty | Crime

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Prince George's County Counterfeiter Pleads Guilty

Shango Taylor, age 33, of Forestville, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to counterfeiting U.S. currency.

According to Taylor’s  plea agreement, on August 7, 2008, Prince George’s County Sheriff’s deputies were executing an eviction order at Taylor’s residence when they saw in the apartment what they believed to be a counterfeit currency manufacturing operation.  Taylor had left the apartment when the deputies arrived.  The deputies contacted U.S. Secret Service agents, who found several uncut sheets of counterfeit U.S. currency in the apartment, which contained handwritten notes in the margin describing the different paper and the scanning and printing techniques used to produce the highest quality counterfeit notes.  Agents also located in the same room a printer, scanner, and computers, which Taylor was using to manufacture counterfeit U.S. currency, as well as counterfeit Federal Reserve Notes on the floor of the room and in the desk drawers.  Officers also located a removable hard drive and additional counterfeit notes outside the apartment among Taylor’s belongings.

A forensic examination of the computers seized from the apartment  revealed digital images of varying denominations of counterfeit U.S. currency.  Several of the digital images on the computers matched the counterfeit money found in Taylor’s apartment.

Taylor faces a  maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.  Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow has scheduled sentencing for January 24, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.