TWO MEN CHARGED WITH PRODUCING COUNTERFEIT CURRENCY
March 8, 2011
Defendants Made Over $900,000 Worth of Counterfeit
ATLANTA, GA - BOBBY DAVIS, 22, of Atlanta, Georgia, was arraigned on charges unsealed today that he, MICHAEL L. ALLEN, 40, of Clayton County, and others conspired to produce and possess counterfeit United States currency and that they produced and possessed with intent to defraud more than $900,000 in counterfeit United States currency. DAVIS entered a not guilty plea before United States Magistrate Judge C. Christopher Hagy and was released on bond pending trial. MICHAEL L. ALLEN will be arraigned before United States Magistrate Judge Hagy tomorrow.
According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges and other information presented in court: Between December 2006 and January 2007, ALLEN and DAVIS along with Terri Reddick and others set up three color copiers at Reddick's house and purchased resume paper and other supplies from an office supply business with the intent to produce counterfeit currency. Then, over a three week period the defendants produced more than $900,000 in counterfeit currency. During REDDICK’s trial in 2008, evidence was admitted that the defendants intended to sell the counterfeit to a third party or use it to purchase drugs from Mexican drug distributors. The operation was discovered by East Point police officers when they were called to Reddick's house by a neighbor because of concern that the house had been broken into.
The conspiracy charge carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The charges of producing and possessing counterfeit currency carry maximum sentences of 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000. In determining the actual sentence, the Court will consider the United States Sentencing Guidelines, which are not binding but provide appropriate sentencing ranges for most offenders.
ALLEN and DAVIS were indicted by a federal grand jury on February 16, 2011. Reddick was convicted in 2008 in the Northern District of Georgia of producing and possessing counterfeit currency in charges stemming from the same events. She is currently serving three and a half years in federal prison.
Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges. The defendants are presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government's burden at trial to prove the defendants’ guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is being investigated by Special Agents of the United States Secret Service with the assistance of officers with the East Point Police Department.
Assistant United States Attorney William L. McKinnon, Jr. is prosecuting the case.
For further information please contact Sally Q. Yates, United States Attorney, or Charysse L. Alexander, Executive Assistant United States Attorney, through Patrick Crosby, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Attorney's Office, at (404) 581-6016. The Internet address for the HomePage for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia is www.justice.gov/usao/gan.