Four Defendants Charged with Possessing, Selling, and Passing Counterfeit U.S. Currency
United States Attorney James L. Santelle announced today that on February 12, 2013, two indictments were returned in federal court charging four defendants with possessing, selling, and passing counterfeit U.S. currency in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 472. The defendants were passing and selling the counterfeit U.S. currency throughout the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
The defendants are identified as: Steven G. Luster (age: 49) and his son Stevon M. Luster (age: 20), Abraham T. Scull (age: 28), and Antonio L. Jenkins-Gates (age: 30), all of Milwaukee, WI. To date, the defendants have possessed, sold, and passed over $25,000 of counterfeit U.S. currency. The defendants, if convicted, face a maximum term of 20 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000 and a maximum of 3 years’ supervised release.
The defendants were charged after a long-term investigation by the United States Secret Service acting in concert with numerous local law enforcement agencies throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Bridget J. Domaszek and Laura S. Kwaterski.
An indictment is merely the formal method of charging an individual and does not constitute inference of his or her guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until such time, if ever, that the government establishes his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.