PORTLAND — Nation Miller, a 23 year-old Mexico man, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 20 months in prison and three years of supervised release for counterfeiting in the summer of 2012.

In July 2012, Mexico Police arrested Miller, Nicholas Dunham and Randi Theriault and accused them of conspiring to produce and use counterfeit $50 bills.

Miller pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to make counterfeit currency in U.S. District Court in August 2013.

According to a July 11 Bangor Daily News story, prosecutors alleged that Miller told his friends he had learned to make counterfeit bills while serving a federal prison sentence for theft of firearms from a licensed gun store. 

Prosecutors accused Miller of using a real $50 bill to acquire $1 bills, then used oven cleaner, an electric hair straightener and a print-scan copy machine to transfer the image of a $50 bill onto the $1 bills, according to the  Bangor Daily News story.

During the case, investigators from the Mexico and Old Orchard Beach police departments and the U.S. Secret Service discovered that the serial numbers on the $50 bills were all the same, according to the story. 

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