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Irmo man gets prison in counterfeit scam

May 19, 2010 1:21:00 AM - thestate.com
An Irmo man was sentenced to federal prison Tuesday for making counterfeit money orders as part of a Nigerian scam.

Gary Michael Moore, 63, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison on charges of making and possessing counterfeit securities, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

The counterfeit notes were discovered in July 2007 by the U.S. Postal Service. They had passed through a Columbia area Western Union in May 2007 and were traced to Moore.

Moore told investigators he had been a victim of a Nigerian scam and in 2006 began participating in it by manufacturing and shipping counterfeit notes through UPS and the post office. He also conducted cash transactions at Western Union, the U.S. attorney’s office said. Investigators found $800,000 in counterfeit notes and money orders from Bank of America, American Express, Walmart and Visa in a briefcase at Moore’s home. They also found lists of people he planned to send the fake money orders to, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.