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Counterfeiter pleads

Facing multiple charges related to counterfeiting, a 48-year-old man pleaded guilty this week in federal court to three counts of an indictment against him.

Scot Silvers admitted to producing or trafficking in a counterfeit device, fraud with identification, and uttering counterfeit obligations.

According to court documents, when investigators searched Silvers’ Angola apartment, they found, among other items, multiple printers, linen business paper, a manual embossing machine, a credit card-making machine and 17 sheets of paper with copies of various bills.

And according to federal court documents, when tactical officers entered the apartment Oct. 21, they saw him sitting at a table, printing counterfeit money.

According to court documents, Silvers also had birth certificates for other people, driver’s licenses for other people and credit cards.

Police and U.S. Secret Service agents found a journal at the apartment in which Silvers apparently jotted down what phony credit cards he had that worked successfully, which ones did not and how happy he was with his new manual embosser.

“It’s a beautiful thing but now I have to carry it, so I must get a bag with wheels,” he wrote in his journal, according to court documents.

As part of the agreement, Silvers forfeited the equipment he used to make the counterfeit money and credit cards.

Two additional counts – passing counterfeit obligations and producing or trafficking in counterfeit devices – will be dismissed at sentencing.

rgreen@jg.net

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