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July 20, 2010

PIERRE EMMANUEL JALLA, age 39, and JACKSON NTONE NDEMBA, age 36, citizens of the Republic of Cameroon illegally present in the United States, were convicted today by a federal jury sitting in New Orleans of conspiracy to counterfeit and counterfeiting, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.

During the two-day trial, the Government presented evidence that JALLA and NDEMBA conspired to steal $60,000 they solicited from an undercover FBI task force agent. The defendants represented to the undercover agent that in return for the $60,000 in U. S. Currency, they would produce $120,000 in counterfeit U. S. Currency.

The defendants face a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty (20) years, a fine of $250,000.00, and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. Sentencing is scheduled for October 21, 2010.

This investigation was conducted by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Secret Service. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Gregory M. Kennedy and W. Scott Laragy.





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