A Windham man pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland to passing $18,000 worth of counterfeit traveler’s checks.

Keith Coleman, 48, had passed 180 fake $100 American Express Travelers Cheques between Dec. 17, 2013, and Jan. 10 of this year at Applebee’s, Best Buy, CVS Caremark, Denny’s, TGI Fridays, Longhorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden, RadioShack, Rite Aid, Ruby Tuesday, Staples, Target and Toys ‘R Us in Maine and elsewhere, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Coleman was arrested Feb. 27 and remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service until March 5, when he was released by Magistrate Judge John Rich III on $5,000 unsecured bond.

He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. His sentencing date was not immediately available Thursday evening.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and the Auburn, Augusta, Biddeford, South Portland, Topsham and Everett, Massachusetts, police departments.

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