A Kingsport, Tenn. woman blames her arrest on President Barrack Obama after she was recently arrested for allegedly counterfeiting money.
Pamela Downs, 45, told police she saw a story on the Internet that said Obama had passed a law, giving people the right to print money at their homes. According to Raw Story, the 45-year-old woman was a victim of an apparent Internet hoax that resulted in her printing money.
The incident began when Downs visited a local convenience store and tried to pass of one of her $5 counterfeit bills. The clerk was suspicious, and the police were called. When police arrived, the clerk handed it over and it was immediately noted to be fake. The bill was printed on regular computer paper, with each side glued together and falling apart.
Police were able to track Downs down and asked her where she had gotten the bill from. At first, she claimed she received it from a Bristol gas station and said she had folded the bill and never looked at it.
When asked to search her purse, Downs gave police permission to do so. What they found was a black and white printed $100 bill, the backside had been glued upside-down. They also found several Wal-Mart receipts that showed where Downs had bought a printer and copy paper.
Police allege that her face revealed she’d been caught red-handed with fake money.
She yelled “I don’t give a ****, all these other b****es get to print money so I can too.”
She was taken into custody and transported to the Kingsport County Jail.
After her arrest, Downs permitted to a search of her home by signing a consent to search waiver. police searched the woman’s home and found Downs had a pretty large-scale counterfeit operation. They found paper, printing materials and numerous other items like fake money, totaling to about $50,000. Authorities said the money was no way close to being passed for actual U.S. currency.
Another report had been filed against Downs for allegedly trying to pass a fake $100 bill at an area restaurant earlier in the month. She told officers that Downs received that bill from a Greenville Exxon station.
Police charged her with counterfeiting and criminal simulation.
Police did not say where she had allegedly read where Obama legalized the home printing of U.S. currency but it turns out there was an article on satire site - theskung.org with a headline saying that Obama wants citizens to print their own money and joking that a CNN poll gave the President an 110% approval rating after saying that citizens should print their own money.
Here’s to hoping that Downs has learned that you can’t believe everything you read on the Internet.
To avoid ending up with any fake bills such as what Downs was trying to pass we recommend using currency detecting machines to insure that the money you are receiving is real.