Three St. Louis men facing federal counterfeit charges -

Three St. Louis men facing federal counterfeit charges

( -- A grand jury charged three St. Louis men for running a large scale counterfeit check ring on Friday.

Lillian Clark, 26, also known as Lillian Watson from St. Louis County, Anthony Clark, 26, from St. Louis and Darnell Jones from St. Louis are all charged with conspiracy to produce and distribute counterfeit checks.  Each man has also been charged with one count of Possession of Counterfeit Checks.

According to the indictment, the Clarks and Jones's worked together for nearly a year in 2009 and 2010 producing the counterfeit checks.  The report also said they cashed numerous checks at local Wal-Mart stores in Illinois and Missouri.  In all, the indictment alleges the ring successfully cashed more than $100,000 in phony checks.

If convicted, the defendants face up to 10 years in prison, a fine up to $500,000 or both.  Restitution is also mandatory in these types of cases.

The investigation which led to the suspects' arrests was lead by the U.S. Secret Service with the aid of local Illinois and Missouri police departments.


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