Rockland nonprofit director accused of using counterfeit money

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The director of a Rockland County-based nonprofit organization was arraigned Tuesday for allegedly using counterfeit money.

Ya'el Williams, 54, director of Helping Hands for the Homeless, pleaded not guilty to 24 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument. Williams allegedly used $480 of fake cash to purchase a prepaid credit card at a Walgreens in Spring Valley back in 2016.

Assistant District Attorney Richard Moran asked the judge to increase bail from $2,000 to $20,000. He says Williams is a risk to flee because of his previous criminal record. Williams served six years for possession of a controlled substance and has misdemeanors for larceny and grand theft.

The judge granted the request based on the number of times Williams did not show up for previous required court appearances.

His lawyer tells News 12 he is prepared to post bail. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

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