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A man accused of selling counterfeit postage stamps was arraigned Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy.

Alcides “Amigo" Marcelino is charged with possession and sale of counterfeit postage stamps, and he faces up to 5 years in prison if he is convicted.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Moscati said Marcelino sold counterfeit Lady Liberty and U.S. Flag forever postage stamps on multiple occasions between the summer of 2010 and July of 2011.

Moscati said the investigation began when postal officials in Buffalo discovered multiple letters with the counterfeit stamps and later learned the samps allegedly were being sold at several retail locations.