A Sun Focus article recently reported that a 20-year-old Minneapolis man pleaded guilty in federal court to counterfeiting charges. Nijm Mukhtar El-Amin Scott pleaded guilty to one count of manufacturing counterfeit currency.
He apparently made the counterfeit bills on his computer and other equipment. He manufactured $100 bills out of real $5 bills. Overall, he manufactured a total of $10,000 to $30,000 in counterfeit currency.
His counterfeit scheme was based on buying expensive electronic items with some of the counterfeit bills at area retail stores. Then he would return the items for “real” cash. Back in October 2008, he purchased a DVD player and GPS navigation system at the Wal-Mart in Fridley. He paid with six $100 counterfeit bills. He also purchased a $300 DVD recorder and other items at a different Wal-Mart using six $100 counterfeit bills.
When Scott was arrested the police recovered approximately $16,000 in counterfeit $100 bills from his apartment, along with the DVD player and GPS system purchased in Fridley on the previous day. Scott faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.