CHICAGO MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO COUNTERFEITING
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced
today that on January 21, 2011, CHARLIE LAWRENCE III, age 39 of Chicago, Illinois, plead guilty
to one count of possession of counterfeit obligations. Irvin faces a penalty of up to 20 years’
imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, or both, and a term of supervised release of up to three years.
On the afternoon of September 29, 2009, LAWRENCE 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 and his passenger,
KATRELL IRVIN, admitted to knowingly possessing the counterfeit currency that they had purchased
from another individual in Chicago. While in custody awaiting questioning, IRVIN consumed two
$50.00 counterfeit federal reserve notes and later admitted to doing so, stating that he did not want to get
in trouble. In total, $1,550.00 of counterfeit federal reserve notes, all in $50.00 denominations, were
Lawrence’s co-defendant, KATRELL IRVIN, previously pled guilty and was sentenced on
January 7, 2011 to 10 months incarceration and three years supervised release following his
incarceration, for possession of counterfeit United States currency.
The Indictment and plea follow an investigation by the United States Secret Service and the
Illinois State Police. The prosecution of the case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney
Kevin F. Burke.