Friday, February 27, 2009

Man who faked SC death sentenced over bogus cash

A South Carolina man who was tracked to Indiana after faking his death has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for counterfeiting more than $65,000 to finance his life on the lam.

Julius "Butch" Nesbitt spent more than six weeks on the run before his January 2008 arrest at a friend's home in Terre Haute. Federal prosecutors say he and another man made the bogus bills that were passed in several states.

A federal judge in Indianapolis sentenced the 59-year-old Nesbitt, who pleaded guilty to the counterfeiting charges.

Nesbitt had faced drug charges in South Carolina when he cast his boat adrift in an inlet about 30 miles south of Myrtle Beach. His disappearance prompted a search over several days.