- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Sullivan County man has been sentenced to serve 14 months in federal prison for making and using counterfeit postage.

According to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Jason Smalling used the postage to pay for shipping for a home business he operated called Value Decals. The company took orders over the Internet and shipped them by U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail.

Smalling began creating and using counterfeit postage labels around August 2011. Because he charged customers for the counterfeit postage, he defrauded them as well as the U.S. Postal Service.

Smalling pleaded guilty to the scheme in October.

Smalling was sentenced on Monday. He also was ordered to pay $330,000 in restitution to the U.S. Postal Service and a $5,000 fine.

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