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** FILE ** In this Nov. 7, 2002 file photo, Marion Jones, left, and Tim Montgomery pose for photographers during a TAG Heuer's watch promotion in Hong Kong. Montgomery has been sentenced to 46 months in prison for his part in a fake-check scheme, Friday May 16, 2008 in White Plains, N.Y. Montgomery has a child with Marion Jones, the track superstar serving prison time for lying about the check scam and about her use of performance-enhancing drugs. ( AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

Olympian Montgomery gets 46 months for check fraud

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. ? Olympic gold medalist Tim Montgomery was sentenced to 46 months in prison Friday for his part in a multimillion-dollar fake-check scheme.

The former track star, 33, hung his head as Judge Kenneth Karas imposed the sentence.

Montgomery pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy in the bank fraud and money laundering plot. Prosecutors said he had a hand in depositing bogus checks worth $1.7 million.

Montgomery retired in 2005 after he was banned from track and field for doping. He has a child with Marion Jones, the track superstar who is now in prison for lying about the check scam and about her use of performance-enhancing drugs.

?I?ve had everything I ever wanted in life. I?ve stood on the top of the mountain,? Montgomery told the court. But now, ?the gold medal, all those people cheering, that was part of another world. ... In jail, my status is gone.?

The judge told him, ?Being a track star does not somehow disable someone from saying no.?

?I know this is a tough day for you. Think about those kids,? the judge said in an apparent reference to Montgomery?s four children. ?... That?s what?s going to help you say no next time.?

After the sentencing, Montgomery nodded and smiled at his parents, siblings and a girlfriend. ?Tim has always made me proud of him. Like all sons, they

do make mistakes,? said Eddie Montgomery, the sprinter?s

father. He asked the court for leniency, saying the family would

help Montgomery after his prison term.

?I love him; the family loves him, and we just want the best or him,? the elder Montgomery said.

Tim Montgomery still faces drug-dealing charges in Virginia. In deciding on the prison term, the judge did not hold the new charges against Montgomery.

The check case also ensnared Montgomery?s former coach, gold medalist Steve Riddick, and Jones? longtime agent, Charles Wells.

Both pleaded guilty.

Montgomery still faces drug-dealing charges in Virginia. In deciding on the prison term, the judge did not hold the new charges against Montgomery.

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