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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 2, 2015

Charleroi Woman Sentenced To Probation For Counterfeit Currency Scheme

PITTSBURGH – A resident of Washington County, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today in federal court to two years probation, including eight months home confinement, on her conviction of conspiracy to possess and to pass counterfeit currency, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Court Judge Cathy Bissoon imposed sentence upon Cheryl Leigh Johnson, 36, of Charleroi, Pa.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that during the period from July 1, 2014, through July 28, 2014, Johnson conspired with codefendants John Viloria, Barry Robert Youger, Jr. and Eric Seighman, to pass thousands of dollars of counterfeit Federal Reserve notes at various retail store locations in the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Bissoon stated that Johnson’s crime of conspiracy to possess and to pass counterfeit currency was a serious offense. However, a term of probation with a condition of home detention was appropriate due to Johnson’s current employment, her plea of guilty, and her acceptance of responsibility for her crime.

Assistant United States Attorney Mary McKeen Houghton prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the United States Secret Service for the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of Johnson.

Updated July 14, 2015