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Culpeper Police Charge Woman in Counterfeiting Scheme

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The NBC29 newsroom received the following press release from the Town of Culpeper:

Press Release:

Culpeper police charged a 19-year-old Wal-Mart cashier with 12 felony charges related to a scheme involving more than $6,000 in counterfeit bills.

Avery King, of the 2100 block of Blue Spruce Drive in Culpeper, faces seven counts of felony bank note forgery and five counts of forged bank notes.

Detective Luke Altman said the scheme started on Nov. 25 and continued until Dec. 10.

King, a cashier at the store, allegedly took counterfeit money and in return activated Wal-Mart's Green Dot reloadable prepaid money cards, which can be used for in-store or online Wal-Mart purchases.

Three transactions occurred on Nov. 25 within minutes of each other. The following day three more transactions took place and on Dec 10 one transaction occurred. All of the $100 bills passed had the same serial number.

"They basically laundered money using her at Wal-Mart," said Altman.

Police are attempting to identify the other people involved in the conspiracy. The investigation is ongoing.

Most of the bogus bills were $100 denominations, but there are also a few $50 bills passed.

The U.S. Secret Service is assisting with the current investigation.

Last winter, Lt. Rees conducted counterfeit training for local businesses due to the number of counterfeit bills being passed at local stores.

"We urge our merchants to carefully check the cash they receive so they do not become victims," said Culpeper Police Chief Chris Jenkins. "The holiday season can be busy for businesses, but we encourage them to be vigilant to counterfeit schemes."

Anyone with information regarding this or any other counterfeiting case may contact Detective Altman at 540-829-5507 or anonymously call Crime Solvers at 540-727-0300, where you never have to give your name to claim a cash reward if your information leads to an arrest.

Wally Bunker
Public Information Officer

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