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Rural Retreat man sentenced in counterfeiting scheme

Will spend 15 months in prison

ABINGDON – A Rural Retreat man is sentenced for aiding another man in a counterfeiting scheme, providing him a firearm and possessing stolen firearms.

Robert Louis Fowler was sentenced to 15 months in prison and three years of supervised release.  He was also ordered to pay $8,500 in restitution.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, he plead guilty to one count of aiding and abetting with intent to defraud, falsely making US currency and possessing and selling a firearm to a convicted felon.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Fowler's case related to that of Chad Harmon of Wytheville.  

Harmon pleaded guilty to uttering counterfeit obligations and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to evidence, several Wythe County businesses reported to the sheriff's office receiving a increase in counterfeit money.  

During a phone call he made while being held in police custody, he told someone that police missed some money and that he removed a firearm prior to the search.