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THURSDAY - February 7, 2008

CLAYTON WOMAN INDICTED ON COUNTERFEITING CHARGES

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that a federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal four-count Indictment on February 6, 2008, charging MARCIA GRIMSLEY, 60, of Clayton, North Carolina with Manufacturing Counterfeit United States Currency, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 471; Possession of Counterfeit United States Currency, in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 472; Attempting to Pass, Utter, Publish and Sell Counterfeit United States Currency, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 472; and Producing Counterfeit Access Devices, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(a)(1). The maximum penalties for the first three charges; manufacturing, possessing and attempting to pass counterfeit currency, are 20 years imprisonment, 3 years supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. The maximum penalty for producing counterfeit accessing devices is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000.00 fine, and 3 years supervised release.

In approximately November, 2007, GRIMSLEY produced counterfeit United States currency. On November 9, 2007, GRIMSLEY attempted to pass the previously made counterfeit currency as payment for services.

“Our country has stiff penalties for counterfeiting crimes to help protect our financial structure,” stated George Holding, United States Attorney. “We must continually guard against individuals who try to illegally produce our currency, for whatever reason, so that we may remain financially strong.”

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Investigation of the case was conducted by Clayton Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Felice McConnell Corpening served as prosecutor for the government.

 

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