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Tennessee woman printed counterfeit money thinking Barack Obama has allowed it

Was using a printer at home to counterfeit dollars.

By Raif KareratCounterfeit

WASHINGTON, DC: A woman in Kingsport, Tennessee, reportedly explained to police that she was counterfeiting money because she read online that President Barack Obama passed legislation allowing people to print their own money.

Police were alerted to the racket when they were called to a gas station where the clerk suspected a five dollar bill he had been handed was counterfeit.

The responding officer immediately recognized the bill as having been printed on a home printer with its two sides glued together, according to RawStory.com, and he then placed Pamela Downs, 45, in handcuffs.

According to police, Downs said she had received the counterfeit cash from a gas station but never inspected it. After she consented to a search of her purse, the officer said he found a fake $100 bill printed in black and white. The back of the bill was upside down, according to the Kingsport Times-News.

“I don’t give a ****, all these other bitches get to print money, so I can too,” she allegedly told police, according to CBS Washington.

The Huffington Post noted that Downs was apparently referring to a 2009 article entitled “Obama Wants Citizens to Print Their Own Money” from The Skunk, a news parody website that provides “Tasteless American Satire For The Ill-Informed.”

When Downs apartment was searched, officers found more counterfeit bills estimated to be in the total of $30,000 to $50,000.


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