DOJ Seal Department of Justice  

United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2010                                             PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER                       DIRECT: (409) 981-7902          CELL: (409) 553-9881



TYLER, Texas - A 45-year-old San Antonio man has been sentenced to federal prison for counterfeiting violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

            Mark Merryman pleaded guilty on Mar. 8, 2010 to counterfeiting and was sentenced to 12 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis.  Judge Davis also ordered Merryman to pay restitution in the amount of $440 to area merchants and to forfeit ownership in office equipment used in the scheme.

According to information presented in court, on Dec. 23, 2008, Merryman used a printer/scanner/copier to counterfeit and alter approximately 16 counterfeit twenty dollar bills in Palestine, Texas.    

            This case was investigated by the Sulphur Springs Police Department and the U.S. Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.


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