EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A Chicago man who admitted he possessed bogus $50 bills found by police during a traffic stop as he headed to buy cigarettes in Missouri has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison.
A federal judge in East St. Louis also ordered 27-year-old Katrell Irvin on Friday to spend three years on supervised post-prison release.
Irvin pleaded guilty in October to one count of possessing counterfeit obligations. Prosecutors say he was a passenger in a car stopped for speeding in September 2009 in Madison County. A search of the car turned up $1,550 in counterfeit currency.
Irvin admits telling investigators he was going to use the bogus bills to buy large amounts of cigarettes in Missouri.
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