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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Baltimore Man Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison For Conspiracies To Pass Counterfeit Money And To Launder Money

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte sentenced Larry L. Barringer, age 54, of Baltimore, today to five years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to pass counterfeit $100 bills and for conspiracy to commit money laundering. Judge Messitte ordered Barringer to pay restitution of $18,600 and to forfeit $30,001, plus electronics involved in the scheme.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Special Agent in Charge Kathy A. Michalko of the United States Secret Service - Washington Field Office.

According to Barringer’s plea agreement, from January 4 through March 5, 2013, Barringer conspired with his nephew, Donte Barringer, Jamarr Little and others to pass counterfeit $100 bills. Specifically, the conspirators used counterfeit $100 bills to purchase inexpensive merchandise and receive change in genuine currency; to purchase money orders and prepaid money cards, including Greendot cards; and to purchase expensive merchandise, such as computers. The conspirators exchanged the merchandise purchased with the counterfeit $100 for genuine U.S. currency and used the money orders and money cards purchased with the counterfeit bills to conduct other financial transactions.

Judge Messitte found that in the conspiracy to pass counterfeit money and in the money laundering conspiracy, the loss attributable to Barringer exceeded $30,000.

Donte Barringer, age 37, and Jamarr Little, age 21, both of Washington, D.C., have each pleaded guilty to the counterfeiting conspiracy and are awaiting sentencing.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the U.S. Secret Service – Washington Field Office for its work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas P. Windom, who prosecuted the case.

Updated January 26, 2015