A federal grand jury on April 13 returned an indictment that charges two men in a scheme to rob an undercover agent with the United States Secret Service at gunpoint under the pretense of selling the officer counterfeit money.
Richard Taron Henderson, 22, also known as “Profit”; and Tyre Jordan Simmons, 22, also known as “Reckless,” were named in a six-count indictment that alleges a transaction involving counterfeit United States currency and the armed robbery of an undercover agent.
Both men are charged with conspiracy, robbery, assaulting a federal officer with a deadly weapon and using a firearm during a violent crime. Henderson is further charged with dealing counterfeit money and Simmons is accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The indictment alleges that on Oct. 18, Henderson allegedly sold 250 counterfeit $20 bills to the agent. Henderson later allegedly negotiated a deal to sell $40,000 in counterfeit money. However, according to the indictment, the deal was a pretense to rob the undercover agent who was attempting to purchase the counterfeit money.
Henderson faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the counterfeit money charge.
Both defendants face up to 50 years for the charges related to the alleged robbery, plus a mandatory seven-year sentence related to the use of the firearm. Additionally, Simmons faces up to 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.