A Myrtle Beach woman and Florence man pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and pass counterfeit securities Friday afternoon in federal court, according to a release from United States Attorney Beth Drake.
According to the release, evidence presented at the guilty plea hearing showed that from August 2015 to January 2016, Urban Oshea II, 48, Madgelyn Kirton, 31, and others were involved in manufacturing and passing counterfeit checks to various organizations.
The group would make counterfeit checks using genuine bank account and routing numbers obtained from checks stolen from mailboxes in Horry and Georgetown Counties, officials said.
After, the defendants would use fraudulent driver’s licenses with their own photographs on them but with a name that matched the checks.
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According to the release, the defendants would use the checks at one store and then go to another store of the same chain and exchange the merchandise for cash.
United States District Judge Bryan Harwell of Florence has accepted the plea and will impose a sentence after a pre-sentence report has been reviewed.
Drake said in the report that the maximum penalty the defendants can receive is a fine of $250,000 plus a special assessment of $100 as well as five years imprisonment.