Used to be a time when counterfeiting was punishable by death. That's right, off with your head! We sure got soft.
True, but even in the colonial era I don't believe anyone was ever actually put to death for counterfeiting. They did in England but not in the colonies. We did branding and cropping (cutting off all or part of an ear. Abel Buell, who made many of the dies for the colonial coins and I believe for the government's Fugio Cent, was branded and cropped for counterfeiting when he was young.)
Even so, unless you can prove the guy in Brooklyn actually made the fakes he isn't counterfeiting.