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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The United States Attorney's Office announced Monday that John E. Williams pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to passing counterfeit United States currency. 33, of Gray

Court documents say that Williams used a counterfeit $100 bill to buy $18.51 worth of merchandise at the Advanced Auto Parts store in Windham on Nov. 15, 2012. He used another counterfeit bill worth $50 to buy kerosene at the Big Apple store in Windham on Nov. 26, 2012. Investigators determined the counterfeit currency was created with an inkjet printer and bleached currency of lower denominations. Investigators searched 33-year-old William's residence in Raymond and his vehicles on November 28, 2012 and seized counterfeiting materials.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Williams faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. After a presentence investigation, a judge will sentence him.

The United States Secret Service, the Scarborough, Windham, Raymond, Paris, Oxford, Saco, Kittery, and Auburn Police Departments, and the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office all participated in the investigation.

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