PITTSBURGH (AP) — Federal authorities in Pittsburgh are set to announce criminal charges against a man accused of leading an international counterfeit money operation based in the African nation of Uganda.
U.S. Attorney David Hickton and Eric Zahren, the special agent-in-charge of Pittsburgh's U.S. Secret Service office scheduled a news conference for 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
Authorities aren't releasing details and the criminal court paperwork has yet to be docketed, according to online records, but The Associated Press has learned the target is 27-year-old Ryan Andrew Gustafson.
Overseas media outlets reported that Gustafson was arrested in Uganda last week, and was allegedly found with several sophisticated printing machines used to churn out American currency, some of which was exchanged in that country.
The charges filed in Pittsburgh alleged Gustafson created at least $2 million in bogus bills.