COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - A North Charleston man was sentenced to nearly three years in prison for counterfeiting, said the US Attorney's Office Tuesday.
Jessie Short, 35, was sentenced to 31 months in prison and three years of supervised release.
According to the US Attorney's Office, Short, his co-defendant Philip Robinson and a third person were stopped by Charleston police officers after receiving reports that the men were passing counterfeit bills in the Charleston metro area.
During the traffic stop, officers found $140 in counterfeit bills and a car battery that had been purchased using other counterfeit currency.
Because counterfeiting is a federal offense, the Secret Service conducted an investigation and determined that Short was manufacturing fake $20, $50 and $100 notes at his North Charleston home.
Authorities seized counterfeiting equipment at the home and determined Short had manufactured $14,400 in counterfeit currency, said the US Attorney's office.
Robinson pleaded guilty to manufacturing counterfeit currency and is currently awaiting sentencing.
The case was investigated by agents of the United States Secret Service, the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, the Charleston Police Department, the North Charleston Police Department and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.