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Man Pleads Guilty In Ugandan Counterfeiting, Stealing $2 Mil From Bank

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A former Pittsburgh man has pleaded guilty in a counterfeit money scheme based in Uganda, and several other financial schemes for which he was free on bond when he got caught passing one of the $100 bills at a coffee shop.

Twenty-nine-year-old Joseph Graziano pleaded guilty Wednesday before a federal judge in Pittsburgh and likely faces between seven to nine years in prison when he's sentenced May 22.

Among other things, Graziano acknowledged stealing $2.44 million while working for Bank of New York Mellon in Pittsburgh from 2009 to 2012 and a scheme in which he sold computers on eBay, but shipped customers empty boxes, claiming the merchandise was stolen by postal inspectors.

His arrest for passing the bogus $100 led to December's arrest of the alleged Uganda-based counterfeiter who shipped him bogus bills.

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