Two Florence residents plead guilty to counterfeit charges
FLORENCE, S.C. – Two Florence residents have pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to manufacture and pass counterfeit money.
Joshua Ryan Nance, 28, faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. Judge R. Bryan Harwell accepted the guilty plea and will sentence Nance after receiving and reviewing a presentencing report prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.
Harwell also sentenced Shanteley Latrice Howard, 33, to 18 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of court-ordered supervision. There is no parole in the federal system.
Nance and Howard were involved in a conspiracy to manufacture and pass counterfeit $100 and $50 bills in multiple states, including South Carolina and North Carolina. This conspiracy, which began in 2015, included at least nine co-conspirators who were responsible for making and passing more than $100,000 in counterfeit money.
Nance and other conspirators manufactured counterfeit money at several residences in Florence. They produced counterfeit $100 bills on genuine currency paper, then visited various local businesses, where they would purchase small items or services with the counterfeit $100 bills in order to obtain genuine currency as change.
Howard passed counterfeit $100 and $50 bills on multiple occasions at businesses in Florence and other locations in South Carolina.
The charges were the result of an investigation by the Secret Service with the assistance of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and the Florence Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney A. Bradley Parham prosecuted the cases.