(Columbia) March 16, 2006 - United States Attorney Reggie Lloyd stated Thursday that 37-year-old Isham Canty of Pinewood and 43-year-old Maurice Lyles of Sumter pled guilty March 14 to conspiracy to possess and use an identification of another person, without lawful authority and with intent to commit a violation of federal law
United States District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie of Columbia accepted the pleas and will impose sentence after presentence reports are prepared by the United States Probation Office.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that from September 2002 through February 2003, the defendants conspired to possess and use an identification of another person, without lawful authority, to obtain credit and to purchase merchandise valued at $975 from Ashley Furniture HomeStore in Sumter, merchandise valued at $5,800 from Rex's TV & Appliance in Sumter, merchandise valued at $2,700 from Farmers Furniture in Sumter, and a 2000 Lincoln LS valued at $24,000 from Pulliam Motor Company in Columbia. The maximum penalty for this offense is a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment for 15 years.
The case was investigated by agents of the United States Secret Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Anne Hunter Young of the Columbia office is prosecuting the case.