Counterfeiting or prostitution: What’s worse?
6:09 pm, January 30th, 2013
It was a long story to be told before Cobb County Superior Court Adele Grubbs during a plea hearing this week. There were three defendants with too many aliases to count. The plea agreement was for forgery, but the tale began with a pile of counterfeit cash.
The police found the money when they impounded a car belonging to one of the defendants picked up on a probation violation related to another charge. Then they got a call from a local Wal-Mart, where managers were suspicious that they’d just taken in counterfeit money. The store video cameras revealed the three defendants all buying items with money that did, indeed, prove to be counterfeit. The bills had the same serial numbers as the cash found in the car.
The three defendants – a man and his wife and sister – were sentenced to eight years, with two to serve in prison. The judge also told them they would have to pay restitution to Wal-Mart for the counterfeit cash – just under $300 for all three – plus fines and fees to the court.
The only real surprise in the hearing was when the prosecutor, Bruce Hornbuckle, told the court what one of the defendants said when police confronted her: “She said she didn’t know anything about any money being counterfeit, but that she had earned the money by working as a prostitute.”