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Woman caught with fake money

Jan. 24, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A local woman was arrested Tuesday and charged with attempting to pay a local business with counterfeit cash, according to a criminal complaint filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court.

Jennifer Shanel Thompson, 26, was charged with two felony counts of counterfeiting Tuesday after an employee at a store in Huntington's West End reported the fake money to authorities, according to the complaint.

Thompson was attempting to purchase $345.01 in cleaning supplies, clothing and other miscellaneous items Tuesday from the Family Dollar store in the 800 block of West 14th Street, said the arresting officer in the criminal complaint. She handed a large amount of cash, mostly $10 bills, to a sales clerk, who "thought the money looked different," so she used a counterfeit pen, which indicated the bills were fake, the officer said in the complaint.

Thompson took the cash from the sales clerk, said she received the money from her boyfriend, then fled the store, according to the complaint.

The clerk alerted authorities, and Thompson was stopped by police a short distance away from the store, the complaint stated.

The officer reported he could see Thompson attempting to hide cash behind the passenger seat of the vehicle, and a total of $970 in counterfeit cash was located in the vehicle.

Thompson's bond was set at $20,000.

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