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Jul 7, 2011 6:16 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Metairie man pleads guilty in counterfeiting scam

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Metairie man has pleaded guilty to having counterfeit postal money orders and securities.
The U.S. Attorney's office says that 55-year-old Brian Kent entered his plea on Wednesday.
According to court documents, since at least September 2009, Kent has been a part of an international ring of counterfeiters who distribute fake securities and monetary documents, including traveler's checks, cashier's checks, and money orders, to people throughout the United States through a fraudulent "Mystery Shopper" program.
The program involved contacting and, ultimately, hiring unsuspecting "employees" who sign up via e-mail. Employees were required to receive counterfeit securities and cash them.
Kent was responsible for sending each person on the list at least one of the counterfeit securities.
Court documents say that when arrested Kent had hundreds of counterfeit cashier's checks.

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