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Former Secret Service agent accused of stealing counterfeit cash

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Updated: 1/16 12:36 pm
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- A Secret Service agent from St. Johns County is accused of stealing and using counterfeit cash.

Federal prosecutors say Anthony Eugene Preissig, 47, stole counterfeit currency from the U.S. Secret Service that had been seized in Marion County.

The indictment claimed Preissig took a $100 bill and tried to use it at a gas station in St. Johns County. When confronted about it, Preissig lied to law enforcement agents, according to the indictment.

He faces up to 35 years in federal prison if convicted on all counts.

Preissig is due in court Thursday afternoon.

"Whenever a law enforcement officer engages in illegal activity, it erodes the public trust," said David Nieland, Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Field Office, Department of Homeland Security. "Such actions by few can tarnish the badges of the many who serve to protect America each day."

The Department of Homeland Security arrested Preissig with help from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Preissig resigned from the Secret Service in Nov. 2012.
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