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Press Release

North Carolina Man Sentenced to Prison for Role in Counterfeit Currency Conspiracy

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

BECKLEY, W.Va. – Jamarcus Harris, 32, of Lenoir, North Carolina, was sentenced today to two years and nine months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $800 in restitution for conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States. Harris admitted to his role in a conspiracy to create and pass counterfeit United States currency in the Southern District of West Virginia.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 12, 2022, Harris traveled with co-defendants Crystal Wilks and Xavier Sanders and another individual from North Carolina to West Virginia. Harris admitted that they passed counterfeit $100 bills at businesses in Beckley, Fayetteville and Summersville.

Harris and his co-conspirators rented a room that evening at a Summersville hotel, where they attempted to create new counterfeit United States currency. Harris admitted that their counterfeiting process involved bleaching $1 bills, scanning a genuine $100 bill, and printing the resulting image on the bleached bills.

Wilks, 24, of Lenoir, North Carolina, and Sanders, 24, of Charlotte, North Carolina, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States and await sentencing.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made today’s announcement and commended the investigative work of the United States Secret Service.

United States District Judge Frank W. Volk imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorneys Alexander A. Redmon, Andrew D. Isabell and Ryan Blackwell prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 5:23-cr-54.

Updated February 2, 2024