Man sentenced to 18 months for printing counterfeit money

A man was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in federal prison for printing counterfeit currency at his Breaux Bridge home and trying to use a fake $5 bill at a convenience store, officials said.

U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik ordered Joshua J. Dore, 28, to undergo two years of supervised release once he’s out of the federal penitentiary.

Dore pleaded guilty Aug. 8 to making counterfeit bills for eight days during November 2012, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said in a news release.

After he was caught trying to use the fake $5 bill, detectives searching his residence found a color printer, a bag of paper and 22 pages of counterfeit U.S. currency printed with denominations of $5, $10, $20 and $100 bills, Finley said.

Finley said Dore admitted to giving some of the bills to his friends.

The U.S. Secret Service and St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives conducted the investigation in a case prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly P. Uebinger.