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Men sentenced to prison for counterfeiting money

Three men have been sentenced for federal counterfeiting convictions and two of the three have pleaded guilty to drug charges.

Chaz Stewart, 21, of Yorba Linda, Calif., pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to possessing a counterfeit $50 bill, which he knew was falsely made, forged and counterfeited, with intent to defraud.

Zane Goodbeau, 60, of Kimball, and John Laubach, 43, of Kimball, each pleaded guilty to and were sentenced for counterfeiting $100, $50 and $20 bills, with intent to defraud.

The three men were arrested in August in Brule County after business owners in Chamberlain and Kimball reported someone had passed counterfeit money. Law enforcement found Stewart, Laubach and Goodbeau were printing counterfeit bills in a camper owned by Laubach outside the Regency Inn & Suites in Kimball. Law enforcement also found drugs in possession, including methamphetamine and marijuana.

Stewart was sentenced to two months in prison, which Judge Karen E. Schreier said should run concurrent to the state sentence on drug charges. Schreier also imposed two years of probation, $360 in restitution, a special assessment of $100 and forfeiture of the printer and counterfeit currency and materials.

Laubach was sentenced to nine months in prison, which will run concurrent with the state sentence for drug charges. He will be on probation for two years, pay $360 in restitution and pay a $100 special assessment.

Goodbeau was sentenced to 17.5 months in prison, two years of probation, $360 in restitution and a $100 special assessment.

Stewart pleaded guilty and was sentenced Tuesday in Brule County court for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine. Judge Bruce Anderson sentenced Stewart to a suspended five-year prison term, but decided it will not run concurrent. Instead, he ordered presumptive probation, said Bridget Mayer, assistant attorney general, which can only be given to someone convicted of a class 5 or class 6 felony. The possession conviction is a class 5 felony.

The presumptive probation was a part of Senate Bill 70 passed during the 2013 Legislature. It allows judges to order probation rather than prison time for offenders if the offenders are not considered a risk to the public. Anderson also gave Stewart credit for time served in the county jail.

Laubach pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Laubach was not sentenced Tuesday, rather Judge Anderson ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for June. The conviction carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Goodbeau has a hearing scheduled in May. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him in Brule County, which include possession, possession with intent to distribute and distribute or manufacture of a controlled drug.