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Man sentenced in counterfeit cash scheme

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POSTED February 11, 2014 9:09 p.m.

CLOVIS (AP) — A Northern California man has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for conspiring to buy, receive, alter and pass counterfeit money.

Court documents that show 44-year-old Richard Melella and a co-conspirator, 25-year-old Christina Williams, purchased 54 phony $100 bills from a third party.

Prosecutors say after being instructed by the seller on how to finish the counterfeiting process, Williams used a counterfeiting device to make the money look more authentic.

Some of the phony bills were used in Fresno County, including at a grocery store.

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