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Georgia Men Charged In Counterfeit Check Cashing Scheme

November 3 , 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Four residents of Georgia have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of conspiracy to make and utter counterfeit checks, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment named Travis J. Davis, 24, of Atlanta, Ga.; Cordarell J. Pearson, 24, of Atlanta, Ga.; Edmond Heath, 23, of Atlanta, Ga.; and Brandon Roseberry, 21, of Snellville, Ga.

According to the indictment, the defendants conspired to recruit persons to negotiate counterfeit checks at banks in Western Pennsylvania.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Gregory C. Melucci is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Postal Inspection Service, the United States Secret Service and the Financial Crimes Task Force of Western Pennsylvania conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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