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Georgia Man Admits Recruiting Homeless To Negotiate Counterfeit Checks

June 6, 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.

Travis J. Davis pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from late September into October 2011, Davis conspired with others to recruit persons to negotiate over 60 counterfeit checks at banks in Western Pennsylvania. The government alleged that Davis and his conspirators stole checks from Pittsburgh area companies, which were used to produce counterfeit checks and negotiated by homeless persons impersonating company employees.

Judge Conti scheduled sentencing for Oct. 12, 2012, at 10 a.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 Davis. The Financial Crimes Task Force of Western Pennsylvania is compromised of federal and state law enforcement officers dedicated to the investigation and prosecution of financial fraud crimes and identity theft.

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