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Local man pleads guilty to federal charges

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Washington now faces maximum of 20 years

CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Scott County man has pled guilty to federal charges pertaining to counterfeiting.

Lazingo D. Washington, 20, Scott County entered a plea of guilty to two felony counts of dealing in counterfeit obligations. Washington now faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or both imprisonment and fine on both counts. Sentencing is set for 10 a.m. Feb. 17 in Cape Girardeau.

With his plea, Washington admitted that on July 3, he met an informant in the parking lot of West Gladys in Sikeston, where he sold the informant two counterfeit $100 federal reserve notes, both with serial number DG64122812A. Later that same day on July 3, Washington contacted the informant to advise that he wanted to deliver an additional $1,000 of counterfeit $100 federal reserve notes to sell.

Accordingly, law enforcement officers arranged for the informant to meet Washington again

in the parking lot where Washington again delivered five more $100 counterfeit reserve notes, all with the same serial number DL58934504A. Washington explained to the informant that he was unable to obtain the necessary ink to print the additional $500 of counterfeit currency previously promised.

On July 10, a Missouri state search warrant was obtained for Washington's residence. A computer was seized, associated with the manufacturing and/or production of the counterfeit obligations of the United States referred to and charged in the indictment.

United States Attorney Catherine L Hanaway commended the Sikeston Department of Public Safety and the United States Secret Service for their efforts to investigate and prosecute this case.