GULFPORT -- A federal grand jury has indicted two people accused of money-laundering and using counterfeit $100 bills to purchase items at Lowe's stores in three states and return the items for cash.
Brittany Ann Jackson and Dontrelle Deshaun Sanford allegedly received thousands of dollars in refunds on purchases in Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle in a 10-month period that started last April, the indictment said.
The 13-count indictment was filed Feb. 5 in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. It was unsealed Tuesday after their arrests.
The indictment alleges Jackson and Sanford received more than $8,000 in refunds on items such as vacuum cleaners and coffee-makers.
More than 30 purchases and refunds listed in the indictment are described as overt acts, with Jackson allegedly making the purchases with $5,300 in counterfeit bills and handling most of the returns.
For instance, she is accused of using five fake $100 bills to buy a vacuum cleaner at Lowe's in Gulfport on April 18. An hour later, she reportedly bought the same brand of vacuum cleaner with bogus bills at Lowe's in Waveland. In less than 30 minutes, she returned the vacuum to the Waveland store and went to D'Iberville, where she returned the vacuum she had just bought in Gulfport, the indictment said.
She received a cash refund of $640.93 from each of those stores, the indictment said.
She also is accused of passing fake money for a vacuum cleaner at Lowe's in Pascagoula on April 24 and trying to return it at the Lowe's in Gautier the same night.
Jackson also is accused of using counterfeit money for purchases at Lowe's stores in Ridgeland, Madison, Mobile, Panama City, Fla., and Daphne, Ala.
Sanford is accused of returning the items for cash at stores in Hattiesburg, Flowood, Petal, Mobile and Destin, Fla.
Both face charges of conspiracy to defraud the government with counterfeit money and conspiracy to commit money-laundering.
Jackson also was indicted on 11 counts of counterfeiting.
An initial court appearance has not yet been set.