Former Secret Service agent enters guilty plea on counterfeit charges

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A former Secret Service agent facing counterfeit currency charges has entered a guilty plea in a deal that would give him a maximum prison sentence of one year rather than the original 35-year sentence he was facing.

If the plea deal is accepted, Anthony Eugene Preissig would also have to pay a fine of $100,000, a special assessment of $25 and serve a term of supervised release of not more than a year.

According to the plea deal, Preissig took three counterfeit $100 notes from three separate Marion County Sheriff's Office criminal reports. The notes were sent to the USSS Jacksonville Office.

On Oct. 30, 2011, Preissig then tried to use one of the notes to pay for fuel at a Gate gas station on Race Track Road.

Upon further examination, the clerk told Preissig over the intercom that it was "fake." Preissig went back inside and the clerk said she would be keeping the bill and calling law enforcement.

Preissig told the clerk he was going back outside and paid for fuel with his credit card. He then left the station, later telling federal agents he initially waited for law enforcement but then became concerned and left.

Under the terms of the deal, which was entered April 23, Preissig would also not face any more charges.


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