BOISE, Idaho -- A 46-year-old former Idaho car salesman is headed to federal prison after pleading guilty in federal court to money laundering charges.

Joseph Monte Johnson of Idaho Falls was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Boise to 40 months in federal prison and $6,000 fine.

Prosecutors said Johnson tried to sell two cars for $55,000 to undercover agents posing as drug dealers in an Internal Revenue Service sting operation.

Johnson, the former finance manager of West Coast Car Company in Boise, in 2008 and 2009 agreed not to use buyers' real names and said he wouldn't file required Internal Revenue Service forms.

Following the IRS sting, two other employees were also charged.

Michael J. McCormick of California and Kurt Bates of Detroit face trial in April 2012 in the case.

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