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Press Release

Rankin County Woman Sentenced to Prison for Possessing and Passing Counterfeit Currency

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi

Jackson, Miss. – A Rankin County woman was sentenced to 12 months and one day in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for possessing and passing counterfeit currency.

Mary Glassmire Sessums, 43, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Jackson.

According to court documents, an investigation by the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office, the Pelahatchie Police Department and the Brandon Police Department identified Mary Glassmire Sessums and Purvis Dustin Ward as individuals who had been passing counterfeit United States currency in Rankin County. On November 2, 2019, several residents of Rankin County reported that a man and a woman had been making purchases at garage sales using counterfeit currency. One of the local residents took a picture of the suspects’ car and provided a tag number and description to law enforcement.  Officers from the Pelahatchie Police Department later stopped the vehicle.  During the stop, officers observed what appeared to be counterfeit United States currency in plain view in the vehicle.  Sessums and Ward were arrested for possession of counterfeit currency. Several victims later identified Sessums and Ward as the individuals who fraudulently passed counterfeit United States currency to make purchases.

Rankin County Deputies obtained a search warrant for Ward’s residence and located counterfeit currency, uncut sheets of counterfeit currency as well as two computers, three printers, specialty ink and paint, all of which was used to produce counterfeit currency.

Sessums pled guilty on March 13, 2024 to possessing and passing counterfeit currency.

Ward previously pled guilty to one count of making counterfeit currency and one count of possessing and passing counterfeit currency.  He was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release. 

U.S. Attorney Todd W. Gee and Resident Agent in Charge Kyle Smith of the United States Secret Service made the announcement.

The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service, the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office, the Pelahatchie Police Department and the Brandon Police Department. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kabah Ealy and Dave Fulcher.

Updated June 26, 2024