Two plead guilty in connection with counterfeit and money laundering conspiracies

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Department of Justice

Gulfport, Miss. – Brittany Ann Jackson, 26, of Biloxi, and Dontrelle Deshaun Sanford, 24, of Hattiesburg, pled guilty on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, to charges in an indictment filed against them earlier this year, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis, Secret Service Resident Agent in Charge Mark McKee, and IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Gabriel L. Grchan.

Jackson pled guilty to one count of conspiracy (count 1) to pass counterfeit U.S. currency and Sanford pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering (count 13). The indictment alleged that as part of the conspiracies the defendants would purchase items, such as Dyson vacuum cleaners, with counterfeit money at Lowe's stores in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. The defendants would then return the items to the stores and receive genuine money for the refunds.

Their sentencings are scheduled for November 20, 2014, before United States District Judge Sul Ozerden. Jackson faces a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Sanford faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a $500,000 fine.

IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge, Gabriel L. Grchan, stated: "Simply put, counterfeiting currency is a violation of the law; it also causes damage to the local economy and hurts the pocket books of all taxpayers by increasing the cost of goods and services. IRS – CI will continue to seek the prosecution of individuals, such as Brittany Jackson and

Dontrelle Sanford, who engage in money laundering through counterfeiting and related financial transactions for illegal purposes."

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and IRS-Criminal Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ruth Morgan.