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Florence man sentenced on counterfeit money charges

November 30, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. -- A Florence man will spend two years in federal prison for his guilty pleas to counterfeit related charges.

Michael James Bembry, 28, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to manufacture and pass counterfeit money and manufacturing counterfeit money, according to a release from the US Attorney’s office.

“Evidence presented to the court showed that Bembry was involved in a conspiracy to manufacture and pass counterfeit $100 and $50 bills in multiple states, including South Carolina, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey,” according to the release.

“This conspiracy, which began in 2015, included at least nine defendants who were responsible for making and passing over $100,000 in counterfeit money. Bembry and other conspirators manufactured counterfeit money at several residences in Florence, South Carolina, and in a room at the Roosevelt Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,” according to the release.

Law enforcement in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, seized a printer, counterfeiting materials and the parent note during a traffic stop.

Seven co-defendants have pleaded guilty to charges connected with this counterfeiting scheme, according to the release.

United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell sentenced Bembry to 24 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years of court-ordered supervision. There is no parole in the federal system.

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