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Austell, GA Man Pleads Guilty To Possession Of Counterfeit Obligation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Oklahoma

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that MARQUE DESHARD THOMAS, age 40, of Austell, Georgia, pled guilty to POSSESSION OF A COUNTERFEIT OBLIGATION OF THE UNITED STATES, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 472 and 2.

The charge arose from an investigation by the Davis Police Department, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the United States Secret Service.  The defendant was indicted in April, 2016.

The Indictment alleged that on or about February 28, 2016, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant did with intent to defraud, possess counterfeit obligations and securities of the United States, which he knew to be falsely made, forged and counterfeited.

The Honorable Steven P. Shreder, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the guilty plea and ordered the completion of a presentence report.  Sentencing will be scheduled following its completion.  The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshals Service pending sentencing.

The statutory range of punishment is not more than 20 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine or both.

Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Wilson represented the United States.

Updated June 30, 2016

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