Feds seek to drop old counterfeiting charges
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking to dismiss counterfeiting charges filed against a man in 2001 because they haven’t been able to locate him in eight years.
Assistant U.S. Attorney David G. Sparks filed the motion in federal court in Paducah to drop the case against William Charles Rath, who was last known to be in Canada awaiting removal to the United States in 2006. Sparks says Rath disappeared before those legal proceedings were completed and hasn’t been seen since.
Sparks says pulling together the evidence and witnesses now against Rath would not be feasible, warranting dismissal of the case.
Rath and three others were charged with a large-scale counterfeiting scheme.
Three others pleaded guilty in the case. One person served five months in prison while the other two received probation.