Fake fifties land alleged forger in jail
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Several Moab hotels reported receiving fake $50 bills on Saturday, Aug. 5. The Sleep Inn was the first to report that a female suspect had exchanged a counterfeit bill for smaller bills, according to Moab City police reports. The woman had gone to at least four hotels and exchanged or attempted to get change for the fake bills.

Security footage from the Hampton Inn had clear pictures of the woman, and police were able to see the vehicle she was driving in the video. The manager of the Hampton Inn was able to identify the woman from the footage and provided police with the number of the room she was staying in. A male answered the door as the suspect attempted to hide in the back of the room. Police ordered both people to exit the room and they detained the woman. When they asked her why she had attempted to break the $50s at four different hotels, she said that the banks were closed that day. She claimed that she had received the bills from her brother and did not know they were counterfeit, and she denied having any more of the bills.

The vehicle seen in the Hampton Inn footage was found in the parking lot of the Apache Motel later that day. The man from the hotel room was the owner of the vehicle. He gave the police permission to search it. They found a bag of a white crystalline substance that tested positive as methamphetamine. The woman said that the bag was hers.

The woman was transported to jail, where she was seen by police throwing a fifty-dollar bill in the trash as she stepped out of the police car. Police also found a ripped piece of a fifty-dollar bill in the police car after she exited the vehicle. The woman was booked on multiple charges including five counts of felony forgery.

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