St. Louis Man Indicted In Counterfeit Case
Sanchez E. Smotherman, 36, of St. Louis, Missouri, was indicted on July 19, 2012, on charges
of Possession of Counterfeit Currency, Assaulting, Resisting or Impeding the U.S. Secret Service,
and Obstruction of Justice, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.
Wigginton, announced today.
The indictment alleges that the conduct resulting in the charges occurred on July 13, 2012, in
St. Clair County, Illinois, when Smotherman was arrested for possessing six counterfeit fifty-dollar
Federal Reserve Notes. The Assault, Resisting and Impeding the U.S. Secret Service and the
Obstruction charges allegedly occurred when Smotherman attempted to destroy evidence that had
been seized during his arrest.
An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed
to be innocent of a charge and is entitled to a fair trial at which the Government must prove guilt
beyond a reasonable doubt.
If convicted, Smotherman could face up to 20 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, up to 3 years of supervised release after his release from prison and $300 in special assessments.
The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Sauget Police Department.
The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Ranley R. Killian.