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April 29, 2011

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on April 29, 2011, Charlie Lawrence, III, 40, of Chicago, Ill.-, was sentenced to 21 months in imprisonment and three years supervised release following his incarceration, for possession of counterfeit United States currency.

On the afternoon of September 29, 2009, Lawrence was driving a vehicle which was stopped for speeding by Illinois State Troopers in Madison County, Illinois. During the stop, officers found counterfeit United States currency concealed in the passenger and trunk areas of the vehicle. Lawrence admitted to knowingly possessing the counterfeit currency, saying that he had purchased it from another individual in Chicago. In total, $1,550.00 of counterfeit federal reserve notes, all in $50.00 denominations, were seized.

Lawrence’s co-defendant, Katrell Irvin, previously pled guilty and was sentenced.

The prosecution followed an investigation by the United States Secret Service and the Illinois State Police. The prosecution of the case was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin F. Burke.



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