clear
Tuesday June 30th, 2015 3:49PM

Ga. man pleads guilty to federal charges in Louisiana

By The Associated Press
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A 50-year-old man from Georgia has pleaded guilty to possessing stolen U.S. mail.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said Tuesday that Terry Ulysses Morris, of Lithonia, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik in federal court in Lafayette.

Evidence presented at the plea hearing shows authorities pulled Morris' vehicle over during a Jan. 18, 2012, traffic stop on Interstate 10 in Calcasieu Parish. A strong odor of marijuana prompted them to ask if they could search the car. After receiving permission to do so, authorities found two sacks containing 216 U.S. Treasury checks that had not been cashed. The checks were from Social Security Administration accounts with Georgia addresses. The face value for the checks totaled $144,920.

Finley said Morris admitted that he traveled to Houston in search of someone to buy or cash the checks. But he couldn't find buyers because the checks were so old that most of the intended recipients had requested replacement checks be issued, she said.

Morris was driving back to Georgia when he was stopped, Finley's office said.

Morris faces up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. A sentencing date has not been set.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
S&P 500 index has its best year since 1997
The stock market closed out a record year with more all-time highs on Tuesday, giving U.S. indexes their biggest annual gains in almost two decades.
6:56PM ( 1 year ago )
Colorado readies for 'Green Wednesday' pot sales
Police were adding extra patrols around pot shops in eight Colorado towns that plan to allow recreational sales to anyone over 21 on Jan. 1.
1:52PM ( 1 year ago )
Kerry seeks framework for Mideast peace talks
A senior State Department official says Secretary of State John Kerry will try this week to get Israel and the Palestinians to agree on a framework for negotiating a final peace agreement, yet cautions against raising expectations for Kerry's latest round of shuttle diplomacy.
1:35PM ( 1 year ago )
U.S. News
Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia
After dominating much of the legislative session, a set of major ethics reforms is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.
7:04PM ( 1 year ago )
Sex offender held in Hall County for failing to register
A 47-year-old man was booked into the Hall County Jail Tuesday, being held without bond for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, his second such arrest.
6:09PM ( 1 year ago )
Pharmacy robberies may involve same suspect
Oakwood Police Tuesday afternoon released details in a pharmacy robbery they're investigating, similar to one that happened in the Hall County Tuesday morning.
5:46PM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
US stocks rebound from slump as investors follow Greek drama
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks gained on Tuesday afternoon, rebounding from big losses a day earlier, as investors followed the latest negotiations between the Greek government and its creditors. Greece'...
2:53PM ( 56 minutes ago )
O say can you breathe? Fireworks pollute air, study says
NEW YORK (AP) — July Fourth fireworks fill the skies across the nation with more than sparkling bursts of color. They spew pollution, too.A study of 315 locations around the country found that the hol...
2:18PM ( 1 hour ago )
Same-sex marriage fight turns to clerk who refuse licenses
Some public officials across the Bible Belt so repulsed by the thought of enabling a same-sex marriage that they are defying the U.S. Supreme Court and refusing to issue a license to anyone, gay or straight.
2:12PM ( 1 hour ago )
Oklahoma court: Ten Commandments monument must come down
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state's constitutional ban on using public property t...
2:01PM ( 1 hour ago )
Christie promises blunt campaign as he enters 2016 contest
LIVINGSTON, N.J. (AP) — A tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched his 2016 campaign for president Tuesday with a promise to tell voters the truth even if it makes them cringe.The Republi...
1:37PM ( 2 hours ago )