You can do amazing things with your inkjet printer and ink cartridges, but counterfeiting money should not be one of them. Ashley Lynne Wells (25) learnt this the hard way.
She was arrested on the 19th of July in Waynesboro, Virginia after she tried to pass off counterfeit $10 and $20 bills at a local store in June. She faces three criminal charges in connection with her crude counterfeiting operation.
On the 24th of June, 2014, officers responded to a report of a woman trying to pay with counterfeit $20 bills at the Family Dollar store in Waynesboro. When the officer arrived, the woman, later identified as Wells, had already left.
A store employee told the police officers that when Wells attempted to buy something at the store, the cashier used a counterfeit detecting pen to check the bill. When Wells was told that the money was fake, she reportedly left the bill behind as she left the store. The store employees were able to provide the police with a license plate number for Wells’ car.
Wells was found at an apartment building in her vehicle. Officers spoke to Wells about the incident at Family Dollar. Wells then claimed that she had been given the note as change at another store, but could not remember where.
The officers realised Wells was wanted in connection with other charges and arrested her. When an officer searched her, she found more counterfeit bills in Wells' handbag and bra. Searching her vehicle turned up more counterfeit bills and the Canon ink and printer as well as the paper used to print the phony money.
She faces charges of knowingly possessing counterfeit money, manufacturing counterfeit money and knowingly uttering counterfeit money.