Parma Man Charged With Counterfeiting
Counterfeiting charges were filed against a Parma man, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
A grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging Joshua A. McKnight, 25, with conspiracy to possess and pass counterfeit obligations of the United States and possessing counterfeit obligations of the United States.
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 Attorneys Margaret A. Sweeney and Edward F. Feran, following an investigation by the United States Secret Service and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
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.