You are here

Justice News

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Two Savannah Men Charged With Conspiring To Deal In Counterfeit Currency

Savannah, GAHenry Grady Wall, 35, and James Wesley Kelly, 55, both from Savannah, Georgia, were indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Savannah earlier this month for allegedly conspiring to deal in counterfeit $50 bills.  The indictment alleges that both Wall and Kelly knowingly used counterfeit notes to purchase money orders at a grocery store in Port Wentworth, Georgia.

Both Wall and Kelly were arraigned yesterday in before U. S. Magistrate Judge G.R. Smith on a charge of conspiracy.  The conspiracy charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 5 years, and a maximum fine of $250,000.  Wall was charged separately with dealing and passing counterfeit currency.  Each of those charges carries a 20-year maximum prison sentence.  United States Attorney Tarver emphasized that the indictment is only an accusation and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendants are entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the Government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The ongoing investigation of this case is being conducted by Special Agents with the United States Secret Service.  Assistant United States Attorney T. Shane Mayes is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.  For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.

Updated April 10, 2015