MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - Sheldon J. Sperling, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that Jason Allen Tatum, 30, of Calvin, was sentenced for a Securities of the States and Private Entities violation. 

“Tatum was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment, 36 months supervised release and ordered to pay a special assessment fee of $100.00. “

“The defendant was ordered to pay $3,255.48 restitution,” said Sperling.

“The defendant pled guilty in March, 2007.  Charges arose from an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service,” said Sperling.  The offenses took place on July 16, 2006, in Hughes County, Oklahoma.” 

“While in custody of the Pontotoc County Jail Tatum admitted to counterfeiting commercial checks as well as three driver’s licenses. “

“Upon interview by U.S. Secret Service Tatum further admitted to using a friend’s computer to manufacture counterfeit checks for a business that he randomly selected out of the phonebook. “

“During July 2006, the defendant counterfeited and passed approximately ten (10) checks totaling around $3,200.00.”

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