EAST ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis woman pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy to possess and pass counterfeit U.S. currency.
In a press release, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said Shawnta L. Thomas, 37, faces up to five years in federal prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release when she is sentenced Dec. 10.
Thomas admitted that between May 16, 2013, and May 19, 2013, she and two other individuals traveled into Southern Illinois to pass counterfeit currency at businesses. Prior to being caught by law enforcement, Thomas and the other members of the conspiracy passed counterfeit U.S. Federal Reserve notes in Madison and St. Clair counties. When arrested, Thomas was found to be in possession of an additional $380 in counterfeit currency that had not yet been passed.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Secret Service, Bethalto Police Department and Pontoon Beach Police Department, and the case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ranley R. Killian.