HAHNVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MAKING, UTTERING AND POSSESSING COUNTERFEIT CHECKS
RUBEN JOSEPH BRYANT, age 47, a resident of Hahnville, Louisiana, pled guilty on April 24, 2012 in federal court before U. S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey to making, uttering and possessing counterfeit checks, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to court documents, BRYANT was involved in the production, cashing, and passing of counterfeit checks using bank account numbers of real and fictitious entities. He and others used these counterfeit checks to pay for merchandise and to cash at retail stores.
BRYANT faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years, a fine of $250,000.00 and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment on each count. Sentencing is set for July 24, 2012.
The case is being investigated by Special Agents of the U. S. Secret Service, the Louisiana State Police, the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office, the Amite Police Department, and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Loan “Mimi” Nguyen.
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