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Illinois women indicted on counterfeit charges

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

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Clarissa Mosley, of Chicago, Illinois, and Asante James, of Freeport, Illinois, were indicted today on counterfeit charges, Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard announced.

Mosley, 24, and James, 21, were each indicted today on one count of “Conspiracy to Possess and Pass Counterfeit Obligations,” one count of “Possession of Counterfeit Obligations,” and one count of “Passing Counterfeit Obligation.” Mosley and James are accused of passing counterfeit money in December 2020 in Ritchie County.

Mosley and James each face up to five years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the conspiracy charge and face up to 20 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 fine for two other counterfeit charges. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher L. Bauer is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The United States Secret Service, the Ritchie County Sheriff’s Office, and the South Charleston Police Department investigated.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Updated July 21, 2021

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