A former University of Wyoming basketball player was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to nine months probation for trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill last year.

U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl handed down the sentence to Afam Muojeke, and also ordered him to pay a $100 assessment, $40 in restitution and a $500 fine.

Attempting to pass a counterfeit bill is punishable in the federal justice system by up to 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years of probation.

The case began Sept. 26, 2014, when an employee at a fast-food restaurant in Laramie notified the Laramie Police Department about the attempt to pass the bogus bill.

The investigation lead to the arrest of Muojeke, who was 27 at the time.