By Associated Press - Friday, March 21, 2014

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed counterfeiting charges filed against a man in 2001 at the request of prosecutors because they haven’t been able to locate him in eight years.

U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell formally ended the case against William Charles Rath, who was last known to be in Canada awaiting removal to the United States in 2006. Prosecutors say Rath disappeared before those legal proceedings were completed and they haven’t been able to locate him.

Prosecutors say pulling together the evidence and witnesses now against Rath would not be feasible, warranting dismissal of the case.

Rath and three others were charged with a large-scale counterfeiting scheme.

Three others pleaded guilty in the case. One person served five months in prison while the other two received probation.

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