DPD nabs counterfeiter, $820 in phony cash

Published 8:44 pm Friday, January 21, 2011

A Greensboro woman is in the Marengo County jail after attempting to pass counterfeit money at a Demopolis business.

Deloris Banks, 45, of Greensboro was arrested Jan. 11 by the Demopolis Police Department after attempting to purchase an array of office and printer supplies at Walmart.

Banks was found in possession of 41 counterfeit $20 bills and was charged with Forgery First Degree.

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“I would like to commend Walmart and their employees for calling us when they had a suspicion that these bills were counterfeit,” Demopolis Chief of Police Tommie Reese said, “and I would like to thank our Criminal Investigation Division and officers of the Demopolis Police Department who worked this case.”

Reese added that he wanted local businesses to be aware that counterfeit money could be circulating and asked that local business owners who may be suspicious to contact his office.

“Counterfeit money feels different. It looks different,” he said. “The texture of the paper is different. The ink is just not right, not the same color. If any business has suspicion about a counterfeit bill, please call our office.”

Banks was attempting to purchase several reams of copy paper, ink cartridges, scissors and other miscellaneous office supplies when apprehended. Following her arrest, investigators went to Banks’ home and retrieved other items of evidence used to make counterfeit currency.

The manufacture of counterfeit bills or coins or alteration of genuine currency, the possession of forged monies with intent to distribute, and the possession of printed reproductions (even photographs) of federal currency, postage stamps or U.S. securities are punishable by fine and/or up to 15 years in prison. The forgery, trafficking, or alteration of U.S. bonds or checks is punishable by fine and/or up to 10 years in prison.