CRIME

Feds in Pittsburgh charge alleged head of Uganda-based phony money ring with making $2 million

  • U.S. Attorney David Hickton, right, and Eric Zahren, the special agent-in-charge of Pittsburgh's U.S. Secret Service office, stand near photographs taken by the secret service in Uganda as they talk about the investigation and arrest of Ryan Andrew Gustafson, during a news conference, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Gustafson has been charged with leading an international counterfeit money operation based in the African nation of Uganda, and shipping bogus bills to the Pittsburgh area and other locations in the United States, The photo at left shows pamphlets that were allegedly used in the smuggling of the bills. The photo at left shows alleged counterfeit bills, the photo at right shows synthetic gloves allegedly used in handling and passing the bills. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    U.S. Attorney David Hickton, right, and Eric Zahren, the special agent-in-charge of Pittsburgh's U.S. Secret Service office, stand near photographs taken by the secret service in Uganda as they talk about the investigation and arrest of Ryan Andrew Gustafson, during a news conference, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Gustafson has been charged with leading an international counterfeit money operation based in the African nation of Uganda, and shipping bogus bills to the Pittsburgh area and other locations in the United States, The photo at left shows pamphlets that were allegedly used in the smuggling of the bills. The photo at left shows alleged counterfeit bills, the photo at right shows synthetic gloves allegedly used in handling and passing the bills. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)  (The Associated Press)

  • Photographs taken by the Secret Service while investigation a counterfeit operation in Uganda are on display as U.S. Attorney David Hickton talks about the investigation and arrest of Ryan Andrew Gustafson, during a news conference, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Gustafson has been charged with leading an international counterfeit money operation based in the African nation of Uganda, and shipping bogus bills to the Pittsburgh area and other locations in the United States. The photo at left shows pamphlets that were allegedly used in the smuggling of the bills, the photo at center shows alleged counterfeit bills, the photo at right shows synthetic gloves allegedly used in handling and passing the bills. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    Photographs taken by the Secret Service while investigation a counterfeit operation in Uganda are on display as U.S. Attorney David Hickton talks about the investigation and arrest of Ryan Andrew Gustafson, during a news conference, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Gustafson has been charged with leading an international counterfeit money operation based in the African nation of Uganda, and shipping bogus bills to the Pittsburgh area and other locations in the United States. The photo at left shows pamphlets that were allegedly used in the smuggling of the bills, the photo at center shows alleged counterfeit bills, the photo at right shows synthetic gloves allegedly used in handling and passing the bills. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Attorney David Hickton, right, and Eric Zahren, the special agent-in-charge of Pittsburgh's U.S. Secret Service office, talk about the investigation and arrest of Ryan Andrew Gustafson, during a news conference ,Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Gustafson has been charged with leading an international counterfeit money operation based in the African nation of Uganda, and shipping bogus bills to the Pittsburgh area and other locations in the United States. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    U.S. Attorney David Hickton, right, and Eric Zahren, the special agent-in-charge of Pittsburgh's U.S. Secret Service office, talk about the investigation and arrest of Ryan Andrew Gustafson, during a news conference ,Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Gustafson has been charged with leading an international counterfeit money operation based in the African nation of Uganda, and shipping bogus bills to the Pittsburgh area and other locations in the United States. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)  (The Associated Press)

Federal authorities in Pittsburgh have charged a man with leading an international counterfeit money operation based in the African nation of Uganda.

Twenty-seven-year-old Ryan Andrew Gustafson is charged with conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States and counterfeiting acts committed outside the United States.

A complaint filed Thursday indicates Gustafson was arrested Dec. 11 in Uganda. Authorities claim he made more than $2 million in U.S. currency, most of it passed in Uganda, but about $270,000 of which was shipped to Pittsburgh or other U.S. locations and passed in this country.

U.S. Attorney David Hickton and Eric Zahren, the special agent-in-charge of Pittsburgh's U.S. Secret Service office, are expected to provide additional details at a Thursday news conference.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Gustafson.