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Counterfeiter sentenced in federal court

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MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A Minneapolis man is sent to prison for counterfeiting money he then passed in Wisconsin Dells and Tomah before getting caught.

Bertrand Edwards, 30, received a two year prison term followed by three years of supervised release for his actions.  He was sentenced in federal court Wednesday in Madison.

According to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, John W. Vaudreuil, Edwards and another man, Kelly Chandler, checked into a Wisconsin Dells area hotel last October.  A surveillance camera showed the men carrying a copy machine into their room. 

Later, when Chandler tried to pass three counterfeit $20.00 bills at a restaurant, police were called.  Chandler was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Edwards was allowed to leave.  He was then arrested in Dunn County for driving while drugged.  When police searched Edwards' vehicle, they found the copier along with $3,500 in fake money.

As the investigation continued, it was discovered that both men used counterfeit money at a Kwik Trip and a Taco Bell in Tomah.

Chandler got 33 months in prison for his role in the crimes.

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