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Texas Man Pleads Guilty To Passing Counterfeit Currency

January 17, 2013

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that TRENT SETH RHINEHART, age 26, of Snyder, Texas, pled guilty to Uttering a Counterfeit Instrument, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 472 and 2.

The charge arose from an investigation by the Seminole Police Department and the United States Secret Service. The defendant was indicted in November, 2012.

The Indictment alleged that on or about November 23, 2012, in Seminole County, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, with intent to defraud, did pass, utter, publish and sell to Wal-Mart a falsely made, forged and counterfeited Obligation of the United States, that is: five dollar Federal Reserve Notes altered to appear to be in the denominations of one-hundred dollar Federal Reserve Notes, which they then knew to be falsely made, forged and counterfeited.

The Honorable Steven P. Shreder, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the guilty plea and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled following its completion.

The statutory range of punishment is not more than 20 years imprisonment and/or up to a $250,000.00 fine.

Assistant United States Attorney Edward Snow represented the United States.

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