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Student begins criminal defense against counterfeit bill charges

A young woman was recently arrested in Greensboro after allegedly attempting to purchase an item with counterfeit money. The arrest of the 19-year-old University of North Carolina at Greensboro student supposedly led officers to find thousands of counterfeit bills. She will now have to begin to prepare her criminal defense against her various charges.

The woman allegedly went to a local Walgreens drug store with the intention of buying a gift card. The report does not state exactly what happened, but it seems to indicate that the authorities were called when she attempted to pay with what was supposedly a fake $100 bill. The only detail the report gives indicating how the investigators suspected it was a fake bill is a purportedly false signature printed on the front.

Following her arrest, the officers allegedly found $12,882 in counterfeit bills. The details of this seizure, particularly whether the woman was actually in possession of all these bills or if they were found in another person's possession, were not disclosed. The woman was arrested and charged with forgery of an instrument, obtaining property by false pretense and uttering a forged instrument.

While the details surrounding the seizure of the evidence were not provided, the arresting officers claim to have hard evidence against the North Carolina student. Regardless, all persons accused of any type of crime are innocent until -- and only if -- proved guilty in criminal court. It would likely be in the woman's best interests to go ahead and begin to formulate her criminal defense against the charges in an effort to best protect her legal rights during the process.

Source:, UNCG student arrested for counterfeit currency, Paul Choate, Jan. 22, 2014

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