counter 5 15 2017MADISONVILLE, Ky. (5/15/17) — Madisonville Police Department investigated complaints about counterfeit bills over the weekend that resulted two separate arrests.

MPD reported receiving a complaint at 112 North Main St. at Ferrell’s Friday night. A worker at the restaurant told police the business received three fake bills from a person who previously worked there.

The workers claimed the suspect asked for smaller bills in exchange for two $100 bills and a $50 bill, according to the report.

Officers reported finding the suspect identified as Johnathon M. Franklin walking near the area of Grapevine Road. Officers also noted he was found to be in possession of apparent methamphetamine, two used syringes and a spoon with residue.

After further investigation into the fake bills complaint, Franklin admitted to asking for the change, police indicated. A search of the suspect produced four counterfeit bills having the same red symbols as those recovered from Ferrell’s.

Franklin, 30, was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In another report, MPD revealed investigating a counterfeit bill complaint Sunday morning at Market Place.

Workers at the store told police a woman asked for change from customers in exchange for a $20 bill, determining it was counterfeit after marking it with a special pen at the front desk, according to the report.

Police took the suspect, Amanda Jae Hibbs of Dawson Springs, into custody.

At the jail, the report revealed deputies granted Hibbs’ request to go to the ladies room, where she evidently tried to flush $20 counterfeit bills down the toilet. She admitted to “concealing the remaining bills in between her buttocks” before being confronted by police at the store, citing she was afraid of getting into more trouble.

Hibbs, 23, was charged with first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and tampering with physical evidence.

Doreen Dennis
SurfKY News Director
Region 2

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