Sunday, April 3, 2011

2 illegal immigrants plead in counterfeit case

PITTSBURGH – A second illegal immigrant has pleaded guilty to his role in a $39,000 counterfeiting case that unraveled when authorities say the men passed $1,500 in bogus bills at a Washington County department store last year.

Alejandro Ceron pleaded guilty Monday to possessing and passing the illegal currency at a Macy’s in Washington. His co-conspirator Israel Sanchez also pleaded guilty earlier in the day.

Because both men are illegal immigrants, they will be deported to Mexico following their sentence, which will be imposed Aug. 1 by a federal judge in Pittsburgh. Sentencing guidelines make it likely the men will each receive between 18 and 24 months in prison.