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Nevada man to plead in in Uganda counterfeiting prosecution

Nevada man set to plead guilty to helping distribute counterfeit US bills made in Uganda

Nevada man to plead in in Uganda counterfeiting prosecution

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A Nevada man who was still in high school when he allegedly helped distribute counterfeit U.S. currency that was shipped to him from Uganda is scheduled to plead guilty before a federal judge in Pittsburgh.

Nineteen-year-old Zackary Ruiz, of Las Vegas, will be the second of four men charged in the scheme to plead guilty.

The alleged ringleader, 28-year-old Ryan Gustafson, is jailed on charges he printed at least $1.4 million in bogus bills while living in Uganda. He allegedly shipped about $400,000 worth to the United States, some of it to Ruiz.

Ruiz' attorney didn't immediately comment on Tuesday's plea hearing.

Gustafson has pleaded not guilty. He remains jailed because federal prosecutors say he's married to former Uganda dictator Idi Amin's daughter and remains a risk to flee to that nation.


Updated : 2021-09-19 11:32 GMT+08:00