A North Charleston man was sentenced in federal court Tuesday for counterfeiting.
35-year-old Jessie Short was sentenced to 31 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Short, a co-defendant, and another individual were detained by authorities during a May 20, 2009 traffic stop when it was determined that the vehicle was being used to pass counterfeit currency. Officers discovered $140 of counterfeit cash in the car, along with a car battery that was purchased with bogus money. A followup investigation by the U.S. Secret Service determined that short was making counterfeit $20, $50, and $100 bills at his North Charleston residence. Authorities determined that short produced over $14,000 in counterfeit currency with the equipment seized at his home. Short’s co-defendant Philip Robinson has entered a guilty plea and is awaiting sentencing.