FEDERAL PRISON NEXT STOP FOR BELLEVILLE MAN ON COUNTERFEITING CHARGES
Ramon Thomas, 34, of Belleville, Ill.-, was sentenced to a term of 96 months for his involvement in local counterfeiting activities, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today. Following Thomas’ term of imprisonment he will serve a term of 3 years supervised release, and must pay special assessments totaling $400.
In August, Thomas pled guilty to a four-count Indictment that contained one count of Manufacturing Counterfeit Obligations, one count of Possession of Counterfeit Obligations, and two counts of Passing Counterfeit Obligations. Thomas was caught in November, 2009, working with others to pass counterfeit currency at a Walgreen’s in East St. Louis. Thomas was arrested after being found with sheets of counterfeit currency and a pair of scissors that he was using to cut the fake notes in a vehicle in the Walgreen’s parking lot. Thomas was also found with a genuine $50.00 bill that he had used as the “parent note” used to create the image for the counterfeit currency. Prior to being charged, Thomas was caught in January, 2010 again attempting to pass counterfeit currency at a barbecue stand in Sauget. Thomas was referred to federal authorities and was indicted on four counterfeiting charges. While on electronic monitoring pending sentencing, Thomas again provided counterfeit currency to another person to attempt to pass at an ice cream shop Overland, Missouri in October, 2010. Thomas evaded capture and the next day his ankle bracelet used for electronic monitoring was found to have been cut and left at the house at which Thomas had been ordered to reside. Thomas was eventually found, arrested, and detained until his sentencing on May 11, 2011.
The investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Secret Service, the East St. Louis Police Department, and the Sauget Police Department. Investigative assistance was also provided by the Glen Carbon Police Department, the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, and the Overland, Missouri Police Department. The prosecution of the case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin F. Burke.