Serial counterfeiter sentenced to 8 years -

Serial counterfeiter sentenced to 8 years

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A federal judge has sentenced a southwestern Illinois man to eight years in prison for a counterfeiting conviction.  

Thirty-four-year-old Ramon Thomas of Belleville was sentenced Wednesday, nine months after pleading guilty to four felonies tied to his printing and distribution of bogus U.S. currency.  

Thomas was caught in late 2009 working with others to pass counterfeit currency at an East St. Louis store, using scissors to cut out the fake notes from a sheet of them outside the business. 

Two months later, Thomas was caught trying to pass bogus money, this time at a Sauget barbecue stand. 

In October 2010, Thomas was on electronic monitoring awaiting sentencing when he was caught passing bogus currency to someone else attempting to use it at an ice cream shop in Overland, Mo.  

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