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East Tennessee woman, who was part of trailer park-based gang that printed counterfeit money, convicted

April 16th, 2010 12:00 am by Associated Press

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal jury convicted a woman of printing counterfeit money at an East Tennessee trailer park and investigators say the bogus currency was used to buy illegal drugs.

A U.S. attorney's office statement says 24-year-old Misty Shelton of Johnson City was convicted Thursday in Greeneville. The statement says Shelton, her boyfriend, and his brother, used a color copier to forge counterfeit $100 and $20 bills at a trailer park in Watauga.

Investigators found in November more than $11,000 in counterfeit currency and equipment used to make the bills.

Shelton's attorney, Douglas Payne, could not be reached by telephone Friday for comment.

The statement says Christopher Peterson and his brother, Michael Peterson, have pleaded guilty to making counterfeit currency.

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