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Atlanta Man Pleads Guilty in Counterfeit Check Passing Scheme

July 31, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Atlanta, Ga., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to make and utter counterfeit securities, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Edmond Heath, 24, of Atlanta, Ga., pleaded guilty on July 20, 2012, to one count before United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Heath conspired to recruit persons to negotiate counterfeit checks at banks in Western Pennsylvania.

Judge Conti scheduled sentencing for Nov. 28, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. The law provides for a total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the 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 that led to the prosecution of Pearson.

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