Man gets prison for passing bogus money in Biloxi

rfitzgerald@sunherald.comJuly 9, 2014 

GULFPORT -- A federal judge has sentenced William Oliver Coleman Sr. to 18 months in prison and fined him $1,000 for passing bogus money in Biloxi.

Chief District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. also ordered Coleman, 33, to make restitution of $650 and to serve three years of post-release supervision after prison.

Coleman agreed to forfeit $90 in cash and three $5 Palace Casino chips taken from him when he was arrested Aug. 3.

A grand jury indicted him on charges alleging he passed counterfeit bills for $10, $20, $50 and $100.

Coleman pleaded guilty April 3 and was sentenced July 2.

In a motion filed Wednesday, a public defender asked that Coleman be released on bond until he is notified of where and when to report to a federal prison. His brother has died and the funeral is Saturday in Mobile, the document said.

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