Joshua Dore of Breaux Bridge was sentenced Tuesday to 1.5 years in prison for counterfeiting, according to a press release issued by U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley’s office on Wednesday.

After pleading guilty in August, Dore, 28, was sentenced in federal court Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik to 18 months in prison.

According to the release, Dore was first questioned by detectives with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 12, 2012, after attempting to spend a counterfeit $5 bill at a local convenience store.  After questioning, detectives searched Dore’s residence and discovered a stack of résumé paper, a color printer and 22 pages of counterfeited $5, $10, $20 and $100 bills, as well as a bag of shredded counterfeit bills. According to the release, Dore admitted to counterfeiting and sharing the bills with his friends between Nov. 5 and Nov. 12, 2012. Detectives also found $263 in legitimate currency in Dore’s possession, with the serial number from one of the bills matching the counterfeited $5 bill he used at the convenience store.

Dore's prison sentence will be followed by two years of supervised release.

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