News Release
March 16, 2010
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
Number: (314)538-4660

Harrisburg Man Sentenced for Lying to Federal Agents

MAR 16 - (BENTON, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on March 15, 2010, MICHAEL A. FLEMMINGS, age 41, of Harrisburg, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton to a term of 12 months imprisonment for making a material false statement to a federal agent. FLEMMINGS had previously been charged by a Federal Grand Jury on April 22, 2009, with one count of making a false statement and pled guilty to that charge on November 3, 2009.

Evidence presented in support of the guilty plea and sentence showed that in March 2009, FLEMMINGS was acting as a confidential source for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the Illinois State Police in a drug investigation centered in Saline County. On March 25, 2009, FLEMMINGS knowingly lied to agents regarding the identity of an individual he met with on that date while working as a confidential source from whom he was to purchase cocaine. Through subsequent investigation, agents discovered that FLEMMINGS had lied to them. When confronted by the agents with evidence that he had lied, FLEMMINGS admitted to doing so.

Investigation into the case was conducted by the Carmi office of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, the Illinois State Police, and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.