Convicted counterfeiter sues Secret Service for failing to turn over documents

By Steve Gonzalez | Aug 25, 2008

Mark Sullivan, Director U.S. Secret Service

A federal inmate in a Greenville prison filed a civil suit against the United States Secret Service alleging it failed to provide him documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

Robert K. Smith claims he is seeking at least $50,000 in damages because for the past 12 months the Secret Service has continually stalled on his requests for documents they have admitted to locating.

According to the suit filed Aug. 18 in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, Smith wants to serve Mark Sullivan, the Director of the Secret Service.

According to Smith, who is representing himself in the case, the Secret Service is "running out the clock" until he is released from the Bureau of Prisons in August 2009.

Smith does not disclose what documents he is requesting but does allege he has been prejudiced because he has been unable to forward the documents to the U.S. Parole Commission regarding his 1985 conviction for counterfeit currency.

He claims he is entitled to relief because of the Secret Service's failure to abide by the law and also because of their alleged deceit and continued delays.

The case has been assigned to Chief District Judge David Herndon.

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