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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2009            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe             PHONE: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881

 

LOUISIANA MAN GUILTY OF PASSING COUNTERFEIT BILLS
AT BEAUMONT GROCERY STORE

 

            BEAUMONT, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 29-year-old Natchitoches, LA man has pleaded guilty to federal crimes in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            KARWASKI MILES pleaded guilty to passing counterfeit securities today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin.

            According to information presented in court, on June 21, 2008, Miles and co-defendant Ebony J. Robertson, 24, of Lake Charles, LA, purchased two Western Union money orders at the H.E.B. grocery store in Beaumont, Texas using 23 counterfeit $100 bills.  Local police responded to the store after employees discovered all 23 bills had the same serial numbers.  Police obtained the bills and the in-store surveillance video depicting the transaction and contacted federal authorities.  An investigation led to the arrest and indictment of Miles and Robertson.  They were each indicted on Mar. 4, 2009, and charged with passing counterfeit securities. 

            Miles faces up to 20 years in federal prison.  A sentencing date has not been set.  The case against Robertson is pending.

            This case is being investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke.

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