WAYNESBORO Waynesboro Police have arrested a woman for counterfeiting money. 25 year-old Ashley Lynne Wells, of Waynesboro, was arrested after trying to pass tens and twenty dollar bills at a local store last month.
Wells faces three felony charges connected with a crude counterfeiting operation she had devised.
On June 24, 2014, an officer responded to the Family Dollar store located at 1300 West Broad Street for a report of woman attempting to pay with a counterfeit $20 bill. When the officer arrived, the woman, later identified as Wells, had already left. Store employees told the officer that Wells attempted to buy something and presented the $20 bill for payment. The cashier, using a pen to detect counterfeit money, determined the bill was fake. When told the bill was counterfeit, Wells left the bill and departed the store. The store employees provided the officer with the license plate of Wells’ vehicle.
Officers located Wells sitting in a vehicle at Brandon Ladd Apartments. They spoke with her about the Family Dollar incident. She claimed she received the bill as change at another store. The officers determined that Wells was wanted on another charge and arrested her. When an officer searched her, she found more counterfeit bills in Wells’ bra and in her purse. When they searched her vehicle, they found more counterfeit bills, a Canon printer and the paper used to print the fake money.
Wells faces the following felony charges –
• Knowingly Possess Counterfeit Money
• Manufacture Counterfeit Money
• Knowingly Utter Counterfeit Money
She is being held without bond at Middle River Regional Jail.