St. Andrews Men Sentenced on Counterfeiting Charges
Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000
Columbia, South Carolina -----United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Terrez Montrel Morris, age 35, and Ansel Tirrell Commander, age 35, both of St. Andrews, South Carolina, were sentenced this week in federal court in Florence, South Carolina, for conspiracy to manufacture, possess, and pass counterfeit federal reserve notes, possess and pass counterfeit securities, and create false identification documents, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371. United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell of Florence sentenced Morris to 24 months imprisonment and ordered him to pay $5,425.75 in restitution, and Commander to 12 months imprisonment and ordered him to pay $3,462.74 in restitution.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Morris manufactured counterfeit money and provided it to Commander and another co-defendant, to be passed as genuine currency. Morris also manufactured a false identification document and provided it to another codefendant in an effort to assist her with cashing a forged $6,000.00 check.
The case was investigated by St. Andrews Police Department and agents of the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II, of the Florence office handled the case.