Fulton man sentenced to 13 years

A Fulton man has been sentenced to nearly 13 years in federal prison for pleading guilty to possessing counterfeit money and methamphetamine distribution.

Richard Billingsley, 52, was sentenced after plea agreements were reached in both cases.

According to information from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in January 2007, Billingsley was arrested by Fulton police after a stop for a traffic violation.

Police later discovered three counterfeit $50 bills, a counterfeit $100 bill, other U.S. currency and a receipt from the local Family Dollar store in Billingsley’s pockets.

Store management verified that someone had paid a bill with a $50 bill that appeared to be counterfeit, but the marker test showed it was a good bill.

The serial number on the bill matched the three $50 bills in Billingsley’s pocket at the time of his arrest.

Billingsley admitted knowing the $100 and $50 bills were counterfeit and initially claimed he got the money from a friend, but later confessed he received the money from his daughter’s boyfriend.

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