Savannah Lawyer Pleads Guilty To
Dealing In Counterfeit Money
SAVANNAH, GA: Arthur L. Gibson, Jr., 63, of Port Wentworth, Georgia pled guilty today before United States District Court Judge William T. Moore, Jr. for knowingly dealing in counterfeit United States currency.
United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver said, “The protection of the integrity of our currency is vital to the American economy. Those who traffic or manufacture counterfeit money can expect a full court press from the United States Secret Service. Placing into the stream of commerce counterfeit money poses a real and substantial risk to financial institutions and businesses across the country. These actions are criminal and this United States Attorney’s Office will devote all available resources to identify and prosecute unscrupulous individuals who engage in this kind of criminal conduct. Our community deserves nothing less.”
According to the evidence presented during the guilty plea hearing, Mr. Gibson, a member of the State Bar of Georgia, knowingly transferred 8 counterfeited $100 bills in Savannah on August 30, 2011. Gibson faces a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $150,000 fine. A sentencing date will be set after the United States Probation Office conducts a presentence investigation.
Secret Service Special Agents Brent Rothschild and Will Griffin conducted the investigation of this case. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph D. Newman prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States. For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.