EAST ST. LOUIS — Two New York residents face federal charges of conspiracy to counterfeit and passing counterfeit U.S. currency stemming from their arrest in a Troy motel room in June.
Quincy Battice, 29, and Linvol R. Cummings, 34, both from New York, were charged July 18. Battice also faces an additional charge of making false statements to a Secret Service agent. Battice allegedly gave false information, including a name and personal information, causing agents to initially believe he was another person.
The counterfeiting charges stem from allegations the two conspired to counterfeit U.S. currency and pass it at multiple locations in the Metro-East region in late June. The suspects were arrested June 29 in a Troy hotel room, where local police and Secret Service agents located a printing device and sheets of uncut counterfeit currency.
Each charge carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison, with three years of supervised released and fines of up to $250,000.
The investigation was conducted by the Secret Service and Troy Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ranley R. Killian.
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