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St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty to Counterfeiting, Resisting, and Obstruction

October 12, 2012

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Sanchez E. Smotherman, 36 of St. Louis, Missouri, pled guilty on October 12, 2012, in federal district court, to Possession of Counterfeit Currency, Resisting or Impeding the U.S. Secret Service, and Obstruction of Justice, as alleged in a three count indictment.

Smotherman admitted that on June 13, 2012, he had possessed and passed counterfeit United States currency at a business located in Sauget, Illinois. Smotherman also admitted that, after his arrest, he had tried to destroy evidence by placing evidence in his mouth in an attempt to swallow it. Smotherman then forcibly resisted agents, including an agent of the United States Secret Service, in their attempts to prevent the destruction of the evidence.

At sentencing, Smotherman could face up to 48 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $750,000, up to 3 years of supervised release after his release from prison, and $300 in special assessments. Sentencing is scheduled for January 11, 2013, at 11:00 a.m.

The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Sauget, Illinois, Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ranley R. Killian.



















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