Two Montreal area men have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges for passing counterfeit $100 bills during major purchases at stores in Vermont and New York and then returning the merchandise to obtain real money. Francois Gendron Bureau, 32, of Sainte-Julie, Quebec, and Marc Andre Duclos, 27, of Beloeil, Quebec, are named in a four-count federal indictment in U.S. District Court in Burlington.
"The federal grand jury also issued a forfeiture notice for all property traceable to the counterfeiting conspiracy if the men are convicted on any of the four felony counts.
Federal Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy agreed to release both on Wednesday on $5,000 cash bail and strict conditions. The parents of both defendants posted the money by Wednesday afternoon.
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