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THURSDAY - July 16, 2009

WARSAW MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO COUNTERFEITING CHARGES

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday JOKWAN LAMAR HARVEY, 28, of Warsaw, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge David W. Daniel to conspiring to manufacture counterfeit federal reserve notes, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 471; manufacturing counterfeit federal reserve notes, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 471; possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(a)(3); effecting transactions with access devices issued to others to receive payment during a one-year period greater than $1,000, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(a)(5); and aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A(1)(a).

A Criminal Information was filed on May 20, 2009. In early 2008, a victim from South Carolina contacted the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office regarding unauthorized purchases on his credit card. The merchandise purchased on the card had been shipped to an address adjacent to a residence in Faison where HARVEY frequently stayed. Unauthorized charges were also made to other businesses, including Alltell. It was learned that HARVEY had come out of his residence and taken delivery of the package being delivered to the nearby address. HARVEY claimed the package was his and that it was a mistake for it to be delivered to the nearby address.

Further investigation revealed that Harvey and others, including Linwood Smith, Melissa Payton, and Felisa Carlton assisted in the manufacturing of over $22,000 in counterfeit at the same residence. Officers ultimately requested and obtained written consent to search the residence. Officers were delayed when attempting to enter the residence due to the fact that the doors were locked from the inside. After some delay, Harvey came to the door and unlocked it. Smith was hiding in a bathroom.

During the search, officers seized drugs, firearms, counterfeit currency, counterfeit manufacturing instrumentalities, and evidence of credit card and identity fraud. A bag containing approximately 500 grams of cocaine powder (and a detectable amount of crack) and two firearms were found hidden in the attic.

While this investigation is ongoing, Payton and Carlton have already pled guilty to counterfeiting and aiding and abetting. Smith has also bee indicted in connection with these counts of counterfeiting , gun and drug charges.

For the conspiracy charge, the maximum penalties are up to five years imprisonment; a fine of up to $250,000, or both; and up to three years of supervised release. For manufacturing counterfeit federal notes, the maximum penalties are up to 20 years imprisonment; a fine of up to $250,000, or both; and up to three years of supervised release. The maximum penalties for the possession of unauthorized access devices is up to 10 years imprisonment; a fine of up to $250,000, or both; and up to three years of supervised release. For effecting transactions with access devices the maximum penalties are up to 15 years imprisonment; a fine of up to $250,000, or both; and up to three years of supervised release. For the aggravated identity theft, the maximum penalty is a mandatory two years imprisonment consecutive to any other prison term imposed for Count 4 – effecting transactions with unauthorized access devices with aggregate value exceeding $1000.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Secret Service and the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney William Gilmore served as prosecutor for the government

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