Six Atlanta Area Men Charged with Counterfeiting
Up to $1 Million in U.S. Currency
Defendants Allegedly Manufactured Fake $50 Bills Locally,
Then Distributed Them Nationwide
ATLANTA – Cameron R. Longshore, 30, and Ian J. Longshore, 27, both of Decatur, Georgia, and Kenyada Barrion, 35, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, appeared today in federal court before United States Magistrate Judge Russell L. Vineyard on counterfeiting charges. A federal grand jury returned a seven-count indictment on November 19, 2012, charging the three men, along with Heath J. Kellogg, 36, of Woodstock, Georgia, and Stacy P. Smith, 37, and James C. Kellogg, 63, both of Marietta, Georgia, with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute counterfeit U.S. currency.
Agents arrested Heath Kellogg and Smith on November 15, 2012, and they were arraigned before United States Magistrate Judge Alan J. Baverman on November 19, 2012. Judge Baverman ordered that Heath Kellogg and Smith be detained pending trial. The remaining four defendants were arrested on November 28, 2012, and arraigned that same day before United States Magistrate Judge Russell L. Vineyard.
United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, “Counterfeiters cause great economic harm to innocent people and businesses that are not involved in the crime, but are victimized by accepting worthless counterfeit currency. This office is committed to aggressively prosecuting counterfeit offenses.”
“This case exemplifies the negative impact of counterfeit currency to our local and national economy. The U.S. Secret Service, in conjunction with our law enforcement partners and the United States Attorney’s office, takes an aggressive approach toward the investigation and prosecution of those who manufacture and distribute counterfeit U.S. currency. We will continue to aggressively pursue anyone who violates the faith and trust citizens have in our financial infrastructure,” said Reginald G. Moore, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Atlanta Field Office.
According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges and other information presented in court: The indictment alleges that from approximately February 1, 2011, until the first arrests in this case on November 15, 2012, the defendants conspired to manufacture and distribute counterfeit U.S currency, mainly $50 bills. Heath Kellogg, a self-taught graphic artist, developed a manufacturing process for counterfeit currency. Smith would assist Heath Kellogg with various parts of the manufacturing process, for which both men purchased supplies on various occasions. James Kellogg, Heath’s father, joined the conspiracy after it was under way; he assisted with the manufacturing of the counterfeit bills by performing work and storing supplies at his home.
Smith would take custody of the completed counterfeit currency, which was then distributed through a network of individuals. Smith and Heath Kellogg used feedback from their ultimate customers, who passed the counterfeit currency in the community, to refine and improve their manufacturing process over time. The defendants sold the counterfeit currency to customers in exchange for genuine U.S currency, at various discounted rates.
On August 10 and 14, 2012, Secret Service agents performed controlled buys of the counterfeit currency using a cooperating defendant, while performing surveillance on the members of the conspiracy. On each occasion, the cooperating defendant purchased counterfeit currency with a face value of $2,000 for $900 in genuine currency. On both occasions, the cooperating defendant arranged to purchase the counterfeit currency by contacting Kenyada Barrion, who ultimately delivered the counterfeit money. On August 10, 2012, Barrion was assisted and accompanied by Cameron Longshore. On August 14, 2012, Barrion was assisted and accompanied by Ian Longshore.
On November 15, 2012, Secret Service agents executed search warrants at the homes of Heath Kellogg, Smith, and James Kellogg. The searches yielded a variety of physical evidence, including completed and partially completed counterfeit currency, and showed that the manufacturing process for the counterfeit currency was spread over multiple locations. Later that day, Secret Service agents executed an additional search warrant at a storage unit rented by Heath Kellogg, which revealed a large offset printing press the defendants had obtained in order to improve the quality of their counterfeit currency. During the search of James Kellogg’s home, a revolver and a rifle were recovered. Having previously been convicted of forgery, a felony, he is prohibited from possessing firearms.
The scope of the counterfeiting operation was extensive. The Secret Service reports that counterfeit currency matching the distinctive characteristics of those produced by the defendants totaling over $1 million in face value has been returned to that agency by local police departments, banks, and merchants ultimately victimized when the counterfeit currency was passed.
In addition to the conspiracy charges against Heath Kellogg, James Kellogg, and Smith, the indictment also charges Heath Kellogg and Smith with two counts each of the substantive offense of manufacturing counterfeit U.S. currency, and James Kellogg with one count of that same offense. The indictment further charges Heath Kellogg, Smith, and Barrion with two counts each of the substantive offense of distributing counterfeit U.S. currency, and Cameron Longshore and Ian Longshore with one count each of that same offense. Finally, the indictment charges James Kellogg with two counts of possessing a firearm after conviction of a felony.
The conspiracy charge carries a maximum sentence of 5 years of in prison. The manufacturing and distributing counterfeit currency charges each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years of in prison. The felon in possession charges each carry a maximum sentence of ten years of in prison. Each of the offenses charged in the indictment is also punishable by a fine of up to $250,000.
Members of the public are reminded that the indictment contains only allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendants’ guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
This case is being investigated by the United States Secret Service.
Assistant United States Attorney Alana R. Black is prosecuting the case.
For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Information Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (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.