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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Georgia Man Charged In Fraud Scheme

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Atlanta, Ga., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of interstate transportation of stolen property, fraudulently transmitting postal money orders, and making, uttering and passing counterfeit security, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The four-count indictment named Shawn S. Foote, 46.

According to the indictment, Foote traveled to Pittsburgh from Atlanta Georgia, to sell counterfeit U.S. Postal Money Orders and counterfeit bank checks to another for the purpose of being fraudulently negotiated.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 35 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Paul E. Hull is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Postal Inspection Service and Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated July 14, 2015