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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



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FEBRUARY 22, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


JEFFERSON CITY MAN PLEADS GUILTY

TO COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACY


            JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Jefferson City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to participating in a conspiracy to pass counterfeit money.


            James William Leavell, 36, of Jefferson City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this morning to the charge contained in an April 15, 2005, federal indictment.


            By pleading guilty today, Leavell admitted that he participated in a conspiracy to pass counterfeit money in Cole County, Mo., from Dec. 4 to Dec. 8, 2003. During that time, Schlozman added, members of the conspiracy passed numerous counterfeit $20 bills at various businesses in Jefferson City.


            Co-defendant  Roni Diamond Greenwood, 27, also of Jefferson City, was sentenced on Feb. 28, 2006, to three years of probation. Greenwood pleaded guilty on Nov. 28, 2005, to her role in the conspiracy. Greenwood, who was employed as a clerk at a Target store, admitted that she accepted counterfeit money from co-conspirators who made purchases at her register on Dec. 6 and 7, 2003.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony P. Gonzalez. It was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, the Jefferson City, Mo., Police Department and the Cole County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department.


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