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Serial Metro Detroit counterfeiter sent to prison

Associated Press
The serial counterfeiter was once arrested after trying to show off his skills in an effort to get onto the TruTV show "Hardcore Pawn."

Detroit

— A Detroit-area man who once tried to sell his counterfeit cash machine on TV's "Hardcore Pawn" has been sent to prison again — for counterfeiting.

Federal Judge Robert Cleland had no mercy for Kenny "Boom" Smith, ordering a three-year sentence Tuesday. The punishment even exceeded the recommendation of prosecutors.

Smith was accused last summer of selling $3,600 in counterfeit cash while on supervised release for an earlier counterfeiting crime. Prosecutors say it's his third counterfeiting conviction and his tenth overall conviction.

Smith's lawyer had asked for a one-year prison sentence.

In a previous case, Smith was arrested partly due to his desire to be on "Hardcore Pawn," which is based at a Detroit pawn shop. Owner Seth Gold told agents that Smith wanted to show his counterfeiting skills.