GREENSBORO, N.C. – Two Davidson County residents were sentenced today in federal court for their roles in conspiring to defraud the United States, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371, announced United States Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin of the Middle District of North Carolina.
JAMES DAVID SHORES, age 37, and JESSICA ROSE ALFORD, age 22, were sentenced by United States District Court Judge Catherine C. Eagles in Greensboro. According to court documents, SHORES and ALFORD conspired to produce and pass counterfeit United States currency. The two used the counterfeit currency to purchase items from retail stores, such as Lowe’s Home Improvement and Home Depot, throughout the state of North Carolina.
SHORES was sentenced to 60 months in prison and three years of supervised release. The Court also ordered SHORES to pay $241,160 in restitution. The Court sentenced ALFORD to 27 months in prison along with three years of supervised release. ALFORD, who joined the conspiracy after SHORES, was also ordered to pay $212,880 in restitution.
U.S. Attorney Martin and Special Agent in Charge of the Charlotte Field Office, Reginald Dematteis II of the United States Secret Service thanked special agents of United States Secret Service, who conducted the investigation, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tanner Kroeger, who prosecuted the case.
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