Three people, two from Charleston County and one from Orangeburg County, were indicted by a federal grand jury for passing counterfeit money, according to a news release issued Tuesday by Bill Nettles, the U.S. Attorney for South Carolina.

Darren DeWayne Brown, 43, of Holly Hill, Shana Shade Parker, 20, of Adams Runs, and William Earl Turner, Jr., 61, of Charleston, were each charged in a one-count Indictment with passing counterfeit currency, the release said.

From December until January, Brown, Parker, and Turner passed counterfeit $100 Federal Reserve Notes with the intent to defraud, the indictment alleges.

The maximum penalty each could receive is a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment of 20 years.

The case was investigated by agents of the U.S. Secret Service and has been assigned to asistant U.S. attorney Rhett DeHart of the Charleston office for prosecution.

Nettles said all charges in the indictment are merely accusations and that all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.