Old Orchard man gets 3 years for printing counterfeit money

Posted Nov. 22, 2011, at 10:03 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 23, 2011, at 6:10 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — An Old Orchard Beach man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to three years and one month in prison for making counterfeit bills earlier this year.

Brenton Blais, 32, also was ordered to pay more than $300 in restitution to businesses where he passed the fake money in April, according to court documents.

In addition to prison time, U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby sentenced Blais to three years of supervised release after he completes his prison term.

Blais was arrested in June. He waived indictment and pleaded guilty the next month in U.S. District Court in Portland.

He came to the attention of Scarborough police after a Dunkin’ Donuts employee reported receiving a counterfeit bill, according to the prosecution version of events to which he pleaded guilty.

Blais told police that he printed the bill off a sheet of paper that contained four $20 bills. Investigators found that sheet on a scanner in Blais’ apartment, according to court documents.

Information about where he obtained the sheet and the type of paper on which Blais printed the bills was not available Tuesday.

In all, Blais passed $340 in fake bills at Walmart and Lampron’s Store in Winslow and the Dunkin’ Donuts and Dairy Corner in Scarborough.

He faced up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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