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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Man sentenced in bogus bills case


A Marlborough man has been sentenced in federal court for dealing in counterfeit U.S. currency, the U.S. attorney's office announced today.

Anthony Parreira, 19, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Mark L. Wolf to 1 year and 2 months' probation, to be followed by 1 year of supervised release, and a $1,000 fine.

Parrreira had pleaded guilty in August to two counts of dealing in counterfeit currency.

Prosecutors say that Parreira twice in 2005 sold or helped to sell counterfeit $20 bills to a government witness. The total face value of the counterfeit bills was $26,000. Parreira sold the notes for about half that price, or about 50 cents for every fake dollar.

The case was investigated by the Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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