Fairbanks men convicted of counterfeiting

Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A federal judge has issued prison sentences for three Fairbanks men convicted of counterfeiting -- including one subsequently elected to the University of Alaska Fairbanks student senate.

Kelsey Hough, 19, described by prosecutors Joe Bottini as the ''ringleader'' in the scam was sentenced Monday to five months of prison and five more of in-home detention with electronic monitoring. Hough was elected to the UAF student government two days after his conviction in April.

Sean Herring, 20, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison.

Steve Hartman,25, was sentenced to five months in prison.

Prosecutors said Hough and Herring gave more than $2,000 to Hartman in December 2000 in exchange for pills that they thought were the drug Ecstasy. The pills turned out to be breath mints.

In revenge, Hough and Herring used a personal computer to print counterfeit $100-dollar bills to buy methamphetamine from Hartman. Prosecutors said Hartman later used the bills even though he knew they were counterfeit.

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