- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls man convicted of making counterfeit money in order to buy drugs has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison.

U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says 29-year-old Joshua Lajoie made counterfeit $20 bills and used them to purchase drugs. The drug dealers in turn spent the counterfeit money at Sioux Falls businesses, who reported the fake bills to police.

Johnson says his office believes 116 counterfeit $20 bills were passed in the Sioux Falls area.

Lajoie has been ordered to make restitution of $560 to various businesses. Following his 30 months in custody, he will have two years of supervised release.

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