CAPE GIRARDEAU - Three Southeast Missouri men are in custody on charges of possessing counterfeit money.
On March 10, an indictment was returned by a Federal Grand Jury in Cape Girardeau charging John Hendrix, 28, of Malden, with possession of approximately $4,000 in counterfeit currency on Feb. 14; Kenneth Brimingham, 30, of Malden, with possessing approximately $4,400 in counterfeit currency on Feb. 23; and Jimmy Forkum, 47, of Malden, with possessing approximately $900 in counterfeit money on Feb. 14. The indictment alleged all three offenses were committed in Dunklin County.
"With today's technology, there are those who are tempted to try to reproduce United States currency. Don't do it," warned United State Attorney James G. Martin. "Dealing in counterfeit obligations remains a serious violation of federal law and will bring you under the direct scrutiny of the United State Secret Service."
The attorney also commended the Secret Service for their work in the investigation.
"The United State Secret Service takes counterfeiting investigations very seriously. we aggressively investigate and pursue prosecution in these cases. We appreciate the cooperation and assistance given by the Malden and Bernie Police Departments throughout this investigation," said Special Agent in Charge Thomas A. Kelly.
All three defendants appeared Wednesday before United States Magistrate Judge Lewis M. Blanton.
Each offense carries a possibly sentence of not more than 20 years and a fine of not more than $250,000.
The investigation is continuing and further arrests are expected.