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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Akron Men Indicted For Counterfeiting Conspiracy

A three-count indictment was unsealed charging Jerry Reynolds, 44, and Marvin Reynolds, 34, both of Akron, Ohio, with one count of conspiracy to possess and utter counterfeit checks, Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, today announced. 

The grand jury also charged both with two counts of possessing and uttering counterfeit checks, or causing another to possess and utter a counterfeit check, on July 13, 2013.  

According to the indictment, Jerry Reynolds and Marvin Reynolds knowingly and intentionally recruited individuals to possess and utter counterfeited and forged checks of an organization, which activities affected interstate or foreign commerce.

If convicted, the sentences of the defendants will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, his role in the offenses and the unique characteristics of the violations.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum. 

The investigation is being conducted by the United States Secret Service with assistance from the Norton Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Kevin Culum, Special Assistant United States Attorney. 

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated March 12, 2015