Irmo man sentenced for possessing counterfeit money orders

COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - A 63-year-old man has been sentenced to 12 months in jail for making a and possessing counterfeit securities, U.S. Attorney William Nettles announced Tuesday.

Gary Michael Moore, of Irmo, was handed the sentence after evidence in court revealed the Richland County Sheriff's Department received 31 counterfeit $100 federal reserve notes from the U.S. Postal Service in July 2007. Officials allege the notes were passed at a Western Union on May 10, 2007, and traced back to Moore.

When questioned by officers, Moore confessed after becoming a victim of a Nigerian scam, he began participating in the scheme by manufacturing, shipping and reshipping counterfeit notes through UPS and the U.S. Postal Service.

A brief search of Moore's house by authorities led the man to hand over a briefcase filled with counterfeit notes and money orders from the Bank of America, American Express, Wal-Mart and Visa. Investigators learned the money orders were separated by envelope, as Moore planned to carry out the Nigerian scam.

Agents said the total face value of the counterfeit notes was worth an estimated $800,000.

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