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Florence woman pleads guilty in Federal Court on Fraud Charges
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Florence woman pleads guilty in Federal Court on Fraud Charges

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A Florence woman had pleaded guilty in US District Court in Florence to conspiracy to manufacture and pass forged and counterfeited securities, according to a release from the US Attorney's Office.

Crystal Lynn Norris, 27, entered her plea before US District Judge Bryan Harwell, according to the release. She will be sentenced at a later date.

"From November through December of 2016, Norris was involved in a conspiracy to manufacture and pass forged and counterfeited securities (checks) of organizations," according to the release. "Norris and another person stole mail from mailboxes at various residences in Florence and Darlington Counties looking for checks within the mail."

"Norris then either altered/forged the stolen checks by substituting herself as the payee, or she used genuine bank account and routing numbers from the stolen checks to make counterfeit checks. Norris then went to banks in Florence and Easley, SC and presented the forged and counterfeited checks for payment," according to the release.

When sentenced Norris faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Florence Police Department, Florence County Sheriff's Office and the Easley Police Department.

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