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Henry County Man Charged with Counterfeiting Offenses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2009

Rock Island, Ill. – Rodger A. Heaton, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois, announced that a federal grand jury today returned an indictment charging Charley Vernon Phillips, 57, of Colona, Illinois, with one count of passing counterfeit U.S. currency and three counts of attempts to pass counterfeit currency in East Moline, Illinois.

The indictment alleges that on January 8, 2009, Phillips passed a counterfeit $100.00 bill at a store in East Moline, and attempted three times to cash counterfeit $100.00 bills at three additional businesses which did not accept the bill. Phillips was previously charged in a criminal complaint on February 13, 2009.

At a hearing on February 13, 2009, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas J. Shields ordered Phillips detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Secret Service and the East Moline Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. McCoy is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, the maximum statutory penalty for each of the offenses is 20 years in prison.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment is merely an accusation; the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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