A Smith County man has been sentenced to federal prison stemming from his involvement in passing counterfeit money at the Gilmer Wal-Mart..

According to U.S. Attorney John Bales, 21-year-old Bryan Scott Mayfield pleaded guilty in November of last year to possession of counterfeit money and was sentenced to eight months in federal prison today. Mayfield was also ordered to pay $1,750.00 in restitution.

According to information presented in court in June, Mayfield assisted another person in passing counterfeit money at the Gilmer Wal-Mart. Mayfield knew a cashier at the Wal-Mart and contacted her to see if she would be working on June 4.. Mayfield told her that he and others were planning to use counterfeit currency and she agreed to let them make the purchase at her cash register. Mayfield was present and assisted in the purchase of a laptop computer with eight counterfeit $100 bills. A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Sep. 15, 2011, charging Mayfield with federal crimes.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, The Tyler Police Department and the Gilmer Police Department.