TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

January 30, 2013

Whitley County stores receive counterfeit bills


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By John L. Ross, Staff Writer

Some Whitley County businesses got a nasty surprise during the last few days.

But after a search warrant led to several arrests Tuesday, local businesses can breathe a sigh of relief.

Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell said the nasty surprise came after several stores received counterfeit $20 bills.

“We got one last night from a store in southern Whitley County,” Harrell said. “But they’re starting to surface more.”

Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird said two were arrested in connection with the fake $20 bills after a search warrant was executed at 5215 Meadow Creek Road in Rockholds.

During the search of the residence, Williamsburg Police officers and Whitley County Deputy Todd Shelley recovered several printers and scanners, along with other equipment used to produce counterfeit money.

Arrested at the home were Terry Lee O’Leary, 29, and Amanda Beth Cox, 31, who now face charges in the counterfeit money case.

Bird declined to comment further, as he explained the investigation is ongoing.

“This is a significant counterfeit case in the amount that was put in circulation,” Bird said.

At press time, the Williamsburg Police Department estimates approximately $7,000 in counterfeit monies are in circulation throughout the Whitley County area, according to Bird.

WPD continues to work with the Whitley Sheriff’s Department, the Corbin Police Department and the U.S. Secret Service in this investigation.

If anyone has any information they feel may be relevant to the case, you can contact the WPD at 606-549-6017 or 606-549-6038.

During the search, two others were arrested at the residence on unrelated charges. Jammy D. Poore, 37, of Rockholds, and Linda L. LeForce, 40, of Corbin, were both arrested on failure to appear charges.

All four arrested at the scene remain jailed at the Whitley County Detention Center.