A 23-year-old South Los Angeles man was sentenced Thursday to seven-and-a-half years in federal prison for robbing an undercover U.S. Secret Service agent at gunpoint.
Richard Taron “Profit” Henderson pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy, robbery, assaulting a federal officer with a deadly weapon, using a firearm during a crime of violence and dealing counterfeit money.
His co-defendant, Tyre Jordan “Reckless” Simmons, 23, also of South Los Angeles, pleaded guilty in September as well and is expected to be sentenced in May on charges of robbery, assaulting a federal officer with a deadly weapon and using a firearm during a crime of violence, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The case stems from October 2017 when Henderson sold 250 counterfeit $20 bills amid a Secret Service investigation into the trafficking of counterfeit money. As the probe continued, Henderson negotiated a deal to sell $40,000 in bogus bills. However, the deal was merely a pretense to rob the undercover agent who was posing as a buyer of the fake money.
On March 26, 2018, Henderson arranged a meeting in South Los Angeles and prepared for it by stuffing clothes into a duffel bag to make it appear that the bag was filled with counterfeit bills, according to documents filed in Los Angeles federal court.
Henderson dispatched Simmons to meet with the agent. During the meeting, Simmons produced a Taurus 9mm handgun, pointed it in the face of the undercover agent and robbed him of $4,500 in genuine United States currency and the keys to the undercover Secret Service vehicle. In committing the robbery, Henderson and Simmons put the life of the undercover agent in jeopardy by using a dangerous weapon, federal prosecutors said.