LAKE CITY, Florida — If it were that easy, everybody would be doing it.
A Florida woman ended up behind bars after trying to pass off bogus $20 bills she made herself with a cheap home printer at local stores, police said.
Lake City cops say 30-year-old Brandi Harden walked into the Wal-Mart last week and tried to pay with a stack of glaringly phony cash. When the cashier asked her what it was, Harden ran, the Gainesville Sun reported.
Two days later, police say Harden left some more of the fake cash as payment for her dinner bill at Applebee’s. But this time, she left behind her cell phone, allowing cops to track her down.
Cops traced her back to the Crystal Inn in Lake City and when she opened the door to her room to get her phone back, the officers handed her a bag containing the bogus bucks and asked her what was going on.
According to police, “Harden immediately became embarrassed and began to stammer as she spoke,” the Sun reported. She then admitted using the funny money at Applebee’s.
Officers later discovered, “numerous counterfeit bills, along with blank paper and a printer,” in Harden’s room.
“It was determined that Harden had not only been passing counterfeit bills, but that she had been producing them herself,” police said.
They also found marijuana and drug paraphernalia. She was charged with possession of counterfeit bills, possession of marijuana and possession of drug equipment.
Police say the U.S. Secret Service – which investigates cases of counterfeiting — is looking into the matter.