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Illinois Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Passing Counterfeit United States Currency and Attempted Passing Counterfeit United States Currency

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier has sentenced a Chicago, Illinois, man convicted of Passing Counterfeit U.S. Currency and Attempted Passing Counterfeit U.S. Currency. The sentencing took place on February 12, 2024, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Shavez Moody, age 28, was sentenced to one year and three months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He was ordered to pay $817.54 in restitution to retail stores where he had passed counterfeit currency and $200 as a statutorily required special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Moody was indicted for Passing Counterfeit U.S. Currency and Attempted Passing Counterfeit U.S. Currency by a federal grand jury in August of 2023. He pleaded guilty on November 7, 2023.

Moody passed and attempted to pass counterfeit $100 bills at retail stores in Sioux Falls and Aberdeen, South Dakota, knowing the bills were counterfeit and receiving goods and genuine currency as change. Moody did so intending to defraud the retailers.

This case was investigated by U.S. Secret Service, Aberdeen Police Department, Watertown Police Department, Sioux Falls Police Department, South Dakota Fusion Center, and the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Connie Larson prosecuted the case.

Moody was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to continue serving his sentence.

Updated February 19, 2024