BANGOR, ME - A Waterville man who sold counterfeit coins was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to serve 10 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

Mwashuma M. Sithole, 32, was sentenced by Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. in U.S. District Court in Bangor for the crime, to which he pleaded guilty on May 9, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice that cites U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II.

Sithole sold and pawned about $12,000 in counterfeit Morgan dollars from 2013 through 2015, according to court records.

A Morgan dollar is a U.S. dollar coin that was minted between 1878 and 1904, and then again in 1921, according to the justice department release.

Sithole reportedly started ordering the coins, made in China and offered as counterfeits, online in 2014. He paid $2 for each coin, which resembled genuine Morgan dollars in design, weight and appearance.


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