MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced the sentencing of Sallisaw residents, Christopher Don Jackson, age 44, to 38 months’ imprisonment and 5 years’ supervised release for Conspiracy & Possession of Counterfeit Obligation of the United States; and Judith Gay Jackson, age 70, to 5 years’ probation for Misprision of a Felony. Christopher Jackson was charged via Indictment and Judith Jackson was charged via Information. The charges arose from an investigation by the Sallisaw Police Department and the United States Secret Service.
The Indictment alleged that beginning in or about July 2018, and continuing until on or about the 7th day of January, 2019, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, Christopher Don Jackson knowingly and intentionally conspired, confederated and agreed with others known and unknown to the grand jury, to commit offenses against the United States. The Indictment also alleged that Jackson knowingly had in his possession and custody, with intent to sell or otherwise use, a falsely made and counterfeited fifty-dollar Federal Reserve Note, made after the similitude of obligations issued under the authority of the United States.
The Information alleged that between on or about October 9, 2018 and January 7, 2019, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, Judith Gay Jackson, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, concealed the same by destroying a packet of counterfeit United States Federal Reserve Notes, and did not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States.
United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “Those using counterfeit currency can very quickly do a lot of harm to a community by injecting worthless currency into unsuspecting local businesses. Fortunately for the City of Sallisaw and the surrounding areas, a prompt and thorough investigation by the Sallisaw Police Department and the United States Secret Service, Christopher Jackson’s scheme was abruptly ended and Judith Jackson’s efforts to subvert justice failed.”
“The United States Secret Service works in partnership with state and local law enforcement to aggressively investigate crimes involving the counterfeiting of U.S. Federal Reserve Notes,” said Glenn Dennis, Special Agent in Charge of the Oklahoma City U.S. Secret Service Field Office. ”The Oklahoma City Office of the Secret Service and the Sallisaw Police Department collaborated to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion. Defendants such as these hurt both business and the public by introducing counterfeit notes to the commercial market which could result in significant financial loss to a victim especially during hard times such as the current COVID-19 global pandemic.”
The Honorable John F. Heil, III, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearings. Assistant United States Attorney Clay Compton represented the United States at the respective sentencing hearings.