CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla - A Charlotte County Sheriff's deputy arrested Tabbetha Lee Hammond of Thonotosassa after she and another man attempted to buy lottery tickets at a local convenience store using a fake $100 bill.
The clerk contacted the Sheriff's office and said that she declined the $100 bill and that the couple left and drove off in a silver Chrysler. The deputy reviewed the store video and issued an advisory. Another deputy then saw a vehicle matching the description and stopped the car. The man jumped out and took off.
The deputy then searched the vehicle and located the fake $100 bill, six replicated papers cut to the size of currency, a copier/printer in the trunk and a lipstick case containing marijuana.
Hammond was taken to the Charlotte County Jail and charged with one count of Uttering a Forged Bill, six counts of Making or Possessing Instruments for Forging Bills, two counts of Possession of a Forged Bill, and Possession of Marijuana and remains in jail on $68,500 bond.
Because of the counterfit claims, the Secret Service is now involved in the investigation.