South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 12-8-17 1:46 p.m.
The feds reach out an nab an alleged counterfeiter cops say has been terrorizing shop owners in Richmond and Columbia counties
Fake $ Probe triggered by last year’s arrest of Terrance DeMarkus DeVoe when law enforcement in both counties raised the flag
By Greg Peterson
South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News
Co-owner, News Director
(Augusta, GA) – An Augusta area man – who has a long arrest records including for allegedly passing fake money – has been indicted by a grand jury in Augusta, GA on two federal counterfeiting charges involving the alleged making and distributing of thousands of dollars in phony cash across Richmond and County counties.
26-year-old Terrance DeMarkus DeVoe – who has been arrested in Aiken, Richmond and Columbia counties over the past 5 years – is named in the felony indictment handed down Wed., Dec. 6, 2017 by a federal grand jury sitting in Augusta, Georgia.
The indictment was just made public on the federal court doc site – often indictments are not announced until a suspect is in custody. The notes in the indictment include $50, $20, $10, $5 bills. Scroll down to read the indictment we posted.
Devoe is charged with passing counterfeit reserve notes and manufacturing counterfeit reserve notes. If convicted, Devoe faces up to 20 years on each count in a federal prison, and the feds do not have parole.
The Richmond County charges are believed to connected to the alleged use of fake $5, $10 and $20 bills totaling $200 in Sept. 2016 to purchase of an Xbox from a man in who was selling the game system on Craig’s List. The victim met with Devoe and an unidentified woman at the Walmart parking lot on Bobby Jones Expressway in an exchange that went quickly due to rain.
The victim was shocked and mortified when he tried to spend that fake cash at the Christmas Tree Shops and the cashier passed along the bad news.
He is also charged with making and distributing bogus bills in Columbia County.
The federal prosecutors in the case are:
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia Bobby L. Christine
Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian T. Rafferty, criminal division chief
Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Green Rhodes, lead counsel and deputy chief at criminal division
Assistant U.S. Attorney R. Brian Tanner, chief appellate division
A quick glance at Devoe’s record includes numerous arrests in past five years:
Police agencies in Aiken County, SC:
2014: first degree assault and battery first degree, third offense driving under suspension, failing to stop for law enforcement, defective break light and windshield, defective brake lights.
2012: Driving with suspended license, open beer, first offense shoplifting
2012: Richmond County Grand Jury indictments: Felony second-degree burglary and attempted fleeing and eluding police plus numerous misdemeanor traffic-related charges including no insurance, hit and run, and reckless driving
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