A federal grand jury returned a seven-count indictment on Nov. 19 also charging three of the men — Cameron R. Longshore, 30, and Ian J. Longshore, 27, both of Decatur, and Kenyada Barrion, 35, of Stone Mountain — with counterfeiting charges.
“Counterfeiters cause great economic harm to innocent people and businesses that are not involved in the crime, but are victimized by accepting worthless counterfeit currency. This office is committed to aggressively prosecuting counterfeit offenses,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a Monday release.
Agents arrested Heath J. Kellogg of Woodstock and Stacy P. Smith, 37 of Marietta, on Nov. 15, who were held pending trial. The two were arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Baverman Nov. 19.
The other four defendants, including Heath Kellogg’s father James C. Kellogg, 63, of Marietta were arrested Nov. 28 and arraigned the same day before U.S. Magistrate Judge Russell Vineyard.
The indictment alleges that from about Feb. 1, 2011, until the first arrests in the case, the defendants conspired to manufacture and distribute counterfeit U.S currency, mainly $50 bills.
In addition to the conspiracy charges against Heath Kellogg, James Kellogg, and Smith, the indictment also charges Heath Kellogg and Smith with two counts each and James Kellogg with one count of manufacturing counterfeit U.S. currency.
The indictment also charges Heath Kellogg, Smith and Barrion with two counts each of distributing counterfeit U.S. currency, and Cameron Longshore and Ian Longshore with one count each of that same offense.
The indictment charges James Kellogg with two counts of possessing a firearm after conviction of a felony.
The conspiracy charge carries a maximum sentence of five years of in prison. The manufacturing and distributing counterfeit currency charges each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years of in prison. The felon in possession charges each carry a maximum sentence of 10 years of in prison.
Each of the offenses charged in the indictment is also punishable by a fine of up to $250,000.
On Nov. 15, Secret Service agents executed search warrants at the homes of Heath Kellogg, Smith, and James Kellogg.
The scope of the counterfeiting operation was extensive, Yates said.
The searches yielded a variety of physical evidence, including completed and partially completed counterfeit currency, and showed that the manufacturing process for the counterfeit currency was spread over multiple locations, according to the release.
Later that day, Secret Service agents executed an additional search warrant at a storage unit rented by Heath Kellogg, which revealed a large offset printing press the defendants had obtained in order to improve the quality of their counterfeit currency, according to Yates.
During the search of James Kellogg’s home, a revolver and a rifle were recovered. Having previously been convicted of forgery, a felony, he is prohibited from possessing firearms. Yates said.
Yates said the Secret Service reported counterfeit currency matching the distinctive characteristics of those produced by the defendants totaling over $1 million in face value has been returned to that agency by local police departments, banks, and merchants ultimately victimized when the counterfeit currency was passed.
On Aug. 10 and 14, Secret Service agents performed controlled buys of the counterfeit currency using a cooperating defendant, while performing surveillance on the members of the conspiracy. On each occasion, the cooperating defendant purchased counterfeit currency with a face value of $2,000 for $900 in genuine currency, Yates said.
On both occasions, the cooperating defendant arranged to purchase the counterfeit currency by contacting Kenyada Barrion, who ultimately delivered the counterfeit money. On Aug. 10, Barrion was assisted and accompanied by Cameron Longshore. On Aug. 14, Barrion was assisted and accompanied by Ian Longshore.
“This case exemplifies the negative impact of counterfeit currency to our local and national economy,”said Reginald G. Moore, special agent in charge of the United States Secret Service, Atlanta Field Office. “The U.S. Secret Service, in conjunction with our law enforcement partners and the United States Attorney’s office, takes an aggressive approach toward the investigation and prosecution of those who manufacture and distribute counterfeit U.S. currency. We will continue to aggressively pursue anyone who violates the faith and trust citizens have in our financial infrastructure.”
This case is being investigated by the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney Alana Black is prosecuting the case.