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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

White River Man Indicted for Counterfeit Obligation Charges

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a White River, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Passing Counterfeit Obligations of the United States and Possession of Counterfeit Obligations of the United States.

Gabriel Angelo May, age 38, was indicted on April 17, 2018.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on May 7, 2018, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on March 15, 2018, May on two separate occasions knowingly passed forged and counterfeit obligations.  The Indictment further alleges that on March 16, 2018, May knowingly had in his possession falsely made, forged, and counterfeit obligations.

The charges are merely accusations and May is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Secret Service, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Sully County Sheriff’s Office, and the Hughes County Sheriff’s Office.  Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher is prosecuting the case.   

May was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has been set for July 10, 2018.

Updated May 8, 2018