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Counterfeiting Charges Filed On Lakewood Man

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, today announced that a grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging Christopher Kelley, age 30, of Lakewood, Ohio, with one count of passing counterfeit obligations and one count of possessing counterfeit obligations.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant's prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the 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 case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Margaret A. Sweeney following an investigation by the United States Secret Service and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Ohio Casino Control Commission.

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