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American charged in Uganda for counterfeit dollars

24 December 2014, 06:55

Kampala - An American man was charged in a Ugandan court for forging currency of more than $190 000 found in his Ugandan home, according to a charge sheet by a magistrate court in Kampala.

Ryan Gustafson faces 25 years in prison if convicted of the charges that came after his arrest in this East African country early this month. Gustafson will remain jailed until his trial on 9 January 2015, said Lilian Bucyana, the chief magistrate at the Buganda Road Court on Monday. The state objected to his bail application.

"Forged money and one bullet were recovered from his house in Mbalwa, Namugongo," said lead state attorney Lino Anguzu.

Police alleged that Gustafson has forged more than $2m that is in circulation around the world. Police recovered from Gustafson's house printers, thumb drives, paper cutters, routers and ink believed to be used in printing the fake money, said police spokesperson Fred Enanga.

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Gustafson, who was charged with nine other counts in Uganda, had illegally entered the country and had refused to reveal his true identity, Anguzu said. During his arrest, Gustafson told police his name was Jack Ferrel before they recovered a photocopy of his expired passport, police spokesperson Enanga said.

Gustafson is charged alongside Christopher Kojo, a Ugandan businessman, who allegedly conspired with the American engineer. The two were arrested on 11 December in Uganda's capital, Kampala, with more than 6 000 fake notes totaling nearly $194 000, the charge sheet said.

Gustafson's lawyer Evans Ochieng said he would file an affidavit for bail this week.

- AP


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