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Felony charge filed against former Vols quarterback

Police recently arrested a former Volunteers quarterback on some fairly serious criminal allegations. Sterling Henton is accused of passing a counterfeit check, which led to a charge for criminal situation of between $60,000 and $250,000 -- a felony charge. However, he claims that he was actually the victim of an internet scam. 

From 1987 to 1990, Henton was one of the Tennessee Volunteers' starting quarterbacks, and he now acts as the football team's official DJ. Authorities claim that he brought a counterfeit check written for $95,140 to a local credit union, where he tried to make a deposit. The bank apparently did not deposit the check and notified authorities of the situation. 

Three weeks after the initial incident, Henton told police that he had known the amount on the check was not correct. He also insisted that he had not meant to deposit a counterfeit check. Instead, he said had been fooled by sophisticated scammers who had been running an online phishing scheme and that he hopes to turn his experience into a learning opportunity for other people. 

When a Tennessee defendant is facing a felony charge, he or she knows how much is on the line. Possible jail time, fines and a criminal record can severely limit a person's future and opportunities, so minimizing these impacts is essential. In general, timely action is well advised, and most defendants choose to start with a thorough review of all charges, evidence and related information. This can provide valuable insight in how best to proceed in order to obtain the best possible outcome. 

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