2 Illinois women plead guilty to federal charges after getting caught with fake $100 bills in Ritchie County

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Asante James and Clarissa Mosley

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – Two Illinois woman have admitted to federal counterfeit charges, Acting United States Attorney Randolph Bernard announced.

Asante James, 21 of Freeport, Illinois and Clarissa Mosley, 24 of Chicago, each pleaded guilty to one count of “Possession of Counterfeit Obligations.” Both women admitted to having 69 $100 counterfeit bills in December 2020 in Ritchie County.

They both face up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 fine.

The pair were federally indicted, in July.

The two women were arrested after passing fake bills at an Ellenboro Exxon station and after deputies found a large number of counterfeit bills in their car. At the time, the pair admitted that they were working together to deliver the bills to Charleston.

The United States Secret Service, the Ritchie County Sheriff’s Office, and the South Charleston Police Department investigated the case.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Aloi presided over plea hearings for the two women.

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