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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Department of Justice

United States Attorney James R. Dedrick Eastern District of Tennessee


KNOXVILLE, Tenn— A federal grand jury has returned an indictment against Carolyn Greer, a/k/a Carolyn Keene, 48, of Knoxville, Tennessee. The trial is scheduled for March 24, 2010, in United States District Court, Knoxville, Tennessee. Each mail fraud and international money laundering count carries a maximum punishment of twenty (20) years, while the possession of counterfeit securities count carries a maximum punishment of ten (10) years.

The indictment charges Greer with five (5) counts of mail fraud, three (3) counts of international money laundering, and one (1) count of possession of counterfeit securities. The indictment specifically alleges that Greer perpetrated a scheme and artifice to defraud numerous individuals by placing the names of individuals on fictitious checks, sending those fictitious checks to the individuals by commercial interstate carrier, creating the false pretense that the fictitious checks were in fact valid, and then receiving, by Western Union and MoneyGram, the proceeds of the fictitious check after the recipient of the fictitious check cashed the fictitious check at a financial institution. The indictment further alleges that Greer wired funds to Nigeria to promote her scheme to defraud.

This investigation is being conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, with the assistance of the Knox County Sheriff's Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney F. M. (Trey) Hamilton III is representing the United States.

Members of the public are reminded that these are only charges and that every person is presumed innocent until his/her guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

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