Former Rockland homeless director sentenced for using counterfeit money

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The former director of a nonprofit group that ran Rockland County’s homeless shelter was sentenced to one year in jail Wednesday for using counterfeit money.

Ya'el Williams, director of Helping Hands for the Homeless, pleaded guilty to defrauding a local business in June.

Officials say Williams passed $480 in counterfeit bills in 2016 to buy a prepaid credit card at a Walgreens in Spring Valley.

The 55-year-old faced up to 15 years in state prison, but agreed to serve one year in jail as part of a plea agreement.

William's attorney asked the judge to consider probation, community service and restitution instead of jail time.

Judge Kevin Russo responded that Williams has had previous criminal convictions and sentenced him to the jail time outlined in the plea agreement. He is expected to serve a year in the Rockland County Jail.

Williams will also have to pay $480 in restitution to Walgreens.

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