The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that Ronald Johnson was sentenced to 29 months of imprisonment on federal bank fraud charges for writing counterfeit checks.  Johnson was sentenced to an additional seven months on another charge involving his failure to appear for sentencing last December in the bank fraud case.  He was also ordered to pay more than $15,000 in restitution.


The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that Ronald Johnson was sentenced to 29 months of imprisonment on federal bank fraud charges for writing counterfeit checks.  Johnson was sentenced to an additional seven months on another charge involving his failure to appear for sentencing last December in the bank fraud case.  He was also ordered to pay more than $15,000 in restitution.

Between April 1 and 5, 2008, Johnson wrote checks on closed accounts at Peoples Bank and Trust and the Bank of Edwardsville made payable to another person, which he deposited into his Commerce Bank account in St. Charles County.  He immediately withdraw and spent the money before Commerce Bank could discover that the deposited checks were written on closed accounts.  Johnson forged the endorsement on the checks by signing a person’s name without their authority.

Johnson, 42, Troy, MO, previously pleaded guilty to one felony count of bank fraud and one felony charge of failing to appear for a court hearing, and appeared today for sentencing before United States District Judge Charles A. Shaw.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney John Bodenhausen handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.