COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - A Mount Pleasant man was sentenced in federal court to 21 months in jail Wednesday.
According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Phillip Robinson, also known as Jerome Singleton, was sentenced for manufacturing counterfeit federal reserve Notes. Robinson, 29, was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment, followed by three years supervised release.
On May 20, 2009, Robinson, his co-defendant Jessie Short and another individual were stopped in a vehicle by Charleston police officers based on reports that the vehicle was used during the passing of counterfeit money at a Charleston area businesses.
During the traffic stop, officers found $140 of counterfeit federal reserve notes in the vehicle and one car battery that was purchased with the counterfeit money.
As a result, the U.S. secret service conducted a counterfeit currency investigation. They determined that Short was manufacturing counterfeit $20, $50, and $100 federal reserve notes at his home in North Charleston.
A search warrant executed at the residence resulted in the seizure of counterfeit currency and equipment used to manufacture counterfeit money. The secret service concluded that $14,404 in counterfeit money was manufactured in this case.
Further investigation revealed that Robinson assisted Short in manufacturing the money. On July 27, Short was sentenced to 31 months on charges of manufacturing counterfeit currency.
The case was investigated by agents of the U.S. Secret Service. The Charleston County Sheriff's Office, the Charleston Police Department, the North Charleston Police Department, and the South Carolina Highway Patrol assisted in the investigation.