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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 15, 2013

Bernard Addison Sentenced To 46 Months In Prison For Conspiring To Counterfeit Us Postal Service Money Orders

Addison Possessed $2.5 Million Worth Of Counterfeit Money Orders

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-- Bernard Addison, 62, of Knoxville, Tenn., was sentenced to serve 46 months in federal prison by the Honorable Thomas W. Phillips, U.S. District Judge. Upon his release from prison, Addison will be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for a period of two years.

The sentence was the result of a guilty plea June 8, 2012, to a federal grand jury indictment charging Addison with conspiring to counterfeit U.S. Postal Service money orders. Addison, formerly a local radio personality, had been receiving counterfeit money orders from the country of Ghana for several months and was filling out the payee information on the bogus money orders and redistributing them to others. He received a weekly MoneyGram payment of $250.00 for his involvement in the scheme.

The indictment and subsequent conviction of Addison was the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and U.S. Secret Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Morris represented the United States.

Updated March 18, 2015