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Muskogee Woman Sentenced To 47 Months For Counterfeit Checks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2013

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that TAISHA CHANTIL O’BRIEN, age 27, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 47 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Possess and Utter A Counterfeit Security. The defendant was also ordered to pay $5127.66 in restitution.

The charge arose from an investigation by the United States Secret Service. The defendant was indicted in June, 2012 and pled guilty in July, 2012.

The Indictment alleged that beginning on or about October 6, 2011, and continuing through February 5, 2012, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, the defendant and others known and unknown to the Grand Jury, did unlawfully, willfully and knowingly conspire to commit offenses against the United States, by knowingly and willfully, with intent to deceive, make, utter and possess counterfeit securities consisting of checks purporting to be drawn on banks which operate in or the activities of which affect interstate commerce.

The investigation revealed that the defendant would use computers to create counterfeit checks of various businesses and individuals purporting to be drawn on banks and would cash the counterfeit checks at different banks located within the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere.

The Honorable Ronald A. White, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over today’s hearing. The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending transportation to the designated federal prison at which she will serve her nonparolable sentence.

Assistant United States Attorney Melody Nelson represented the United States.

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