PITTSBURGH – 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.