Rockland non-profit director charged in counterfeit bill scam

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NEW CITY – The executive director of Helping Hands for the Homeless of Rockland, a Spring Valley-based non-profit organization that operates the county’s 75-bed shelter at the Robert L. Yeager Health Complex in Pomona, was arrested and charged with 24 felony counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.
Ya’el Williams, 54, of Thiells allegedly passed $480 in counterfeit $20 bills to purchase a Netspend money card at Walgreens in Spring Valley.
“Passing counterfeit bills is a very serious crime as it damages our national monetary system and facilitates other crimes,” said Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe.
If convicted, Williams faces up to 15 years in state prison.