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      Trio connected to mail and wire fraud indicted

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      The United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia has released the following statement:

      Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Stuart C. Cole, 58, of St Pete Beach, Florida, Mark C. Simpson, 50, of Lake Park, Georgia, and Stephanie M. Simpson, 30, of Lake Park, Georgia, were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Macon, Georgia on June 12, 2013 for Conspiracy to Commit Mail and Wire Fraud (Count One) and Conspiracy to Commit Extortion by Interstate Communications and by Mail (Count Two). Mr. Cole and Mr. Simpson were also indicted for Money Laundering Conspiracy (Count Three), Money Laundering (Count Four through Six), and Obstruction of Justice (Count Seven). These charges stem from activities connected with the operation of a business known as Child Support Services and occurring between 2007 and 2009.

      A copy of the indictment is attached. If convicted, the defendants face the following penalties:

      Count One â" Conspiracy to Commit Mail and Wire Fraud (all three defendants), in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349. Imprisonment up to twenty (20) years, fine of up to $250,000.00, followed by a term of supervised release of up to three (3) years, and a mandatory assessment fee of $100.00.

      Count Two â" Conspiracy to Commit Extortion by Interstate Communications and by Mail (all three defendants), in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371 i/c/w Sections 875(d) and 876(d).

      Imprisonment up to five (5) years, $250,000.00 fine or both, followed by a term of supervised release of up to three (3) years, and a mandatory assessment fee of $100.00. Count Two â" Conspiracy to Commit Extortion by Interstate Communications and by Mail (all three defendants), in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371 i/c/w Sections 875(d) and 876(d). Imprisonment up to five (5) years, $250,000.00 fine or both, followed by a term of supervised release of up to three (3) years, and a mandatory assessment fee of $100.00.
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