PORTLAND  — A Fairfield man has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for  possession of counterfeit money.
Anthony E. Almeida III, 29, of the Shawmut section of Fairfield, was sentenced to a total of 51 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.
He was sentenced in U.S. District Court by Judge D. Brock Hornby.
Almeida and co-defendant John Martin of Skowhegan were stopped in their vehicle by police in June 2011 and found to be in possession of more than $4,000 in counterfeit U.S. currency.
The investigation revealed that Almeida had in his wallet the genuine currency from which several of the counterfeit bills  were copied. In addition, several bills from a batch of counterfeit currency found by the side of the road in Skowhegan a month earlier were also copies of the currency that Almeida had in his wallet at the time of the stop.
Martin pleaded guilty in March and was sentenced to six months in prison and three years of supervised release.

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