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14 charged in counterfeiting scheme, passed fake bills in NC, SC and GA, feds say

Fourteen individuals took fake cash to stores around North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia to buy things or get change in real cash, federal investigators charge in an indictment.

The 14 focused their counterfeit conspiracy around the South Carolina Lowcountry, but also spent the fake money in Fayetteville and Raleigh, North Carolina, and as far south as Atlanta, according to the feds.

The group “would make counterfeit $20, $50, and $100 Federal Reserve Notes at residences in Summerville, South Carolina, and elsewhere,” said the indictment which was filed in South Carolina federal court on Monday.

According to the feds, the 14 passed most of the funny money off around Charleston, Mount Pleasant and Summerville, South Carolina at grocery stores, gas stations and retailers.

Last November one person, Shelby Brunson, passed a fake $100 bill to an Ann Taylor Factory Store in Myrtle Beach, the feds say.

According to the indictment, Brunson and Neil Hines, Jr also went to the Cumberland Mall in Atlanta and used a couple of the fake bills the weekend after Thanksgiving last year. The feds also accused Hines of passing fake bills at the Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh, North Carolina in October.

The 14, each indicted with at least two felonies, are:

  • Samuel Forte
  • Keerstin Lax
  • Stephan Moore
  • Shelby Brunson
  • Donna Isaacs
  • Jeffrey Zensen
  • Aubrey Schultz
  • Patricia Seary
  • Imesha Ragins
  • Ashley Woods
  • Lovan Green
  • Kendall Grant
  • Sharnseearay Goddard
  • Neil Hines Jr.
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Charles Duncan covers what’s happening right now across North and South Carolina, from breaking news to fun or interesting stories from across the region. He holds degrees from N.C. State University and Duke and lives two blocks from the ocean in Myrtle Beach.