FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas — Criminal masterminds, they weren’t.
A trio of cash counterfeiters were busted in Arkansas after one of them tried to use the bogus bills to pay an accomplice’s bail, police said.
Fayetteville Police say they picked up April Stults, 26, and Mary King, 47, over the weekend after discovering several counterfeit $10 and $20 bills in Stults’ apartment while investigating a rash of phony notes that had been turning up in town lately.
But the plot completely unravelled the next day when Garrett Nichols, 30, was spotted leaving Stults’ apartment with two printers which cops found in his car when they pulled him over a short time later.
Nichols told police that he knew Stults had been printing off the bogus cash and that he removed the printers following her arrest to avoid her getting in even more trouble, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported.
Nichols had also carried out a garbage bag full of phony bills which he admitted to have been using to buy methamphetamine and fast food meals, police said. He said he intended to use some of the bills to bail Stults out.
King told cops she had used the bunk bills to pay off debts.
All three have been charged with forgery, while Nichols was hit with charges of criminal possession of a forgery device, drug possession and tampering with physical evidence.