2018-06-13 / Front Page

Watch Out for Funny Money

Be careful! Look closely! Be careful! Look closely! Local law enforcement are asking the public to be aware of counterfeit money being passed.

On Tuesday, June 5, 2018, Officer Lonnie Wade met Tiffany Latoya Tolbert and her boyfriend, Cortez Wimberly, in the parking lot of First Baptist Church in reference to counterfeit money being exchanged for a cellular phone.

Miss Tolbert of 178 Cedar Avenue, Blakely, stated that on Sunday, June 3, 2018, she made contact with a female street name, Jay Savage, on a Facebook message on “swap and shop” in reference to selling a phone. The seller was asking $525.00 for the I-phone 8 Plus.

Miss Tolbert stated that they made the agreement to buy the phone for $510.00.

On June 4, Tolbert made contact through a text saying the seller was going to be at Spring Creek Villas near the main entrance.

Miss Tolbert stated she drove to the location with her boyfriend and upon arrival, a black male wearing no shirt and black jogging pants with a brown towel around his head approached the vehicle, and she gave him the phone in exchange for the money.

Tolbert stated that she and her boyfriend then counted the money and noticed the five $100 bills were counterfeit. She stated she then drove away and called 911 to report the incident.

While getting statements, Chief Hollis Smith arrived on the scene, and he was advised of the situation.

Investigator BJ Josey was contacted, and the case has been turned over to investigations for further investigating.

Law enforcement urges everyone to be extra careful when buying and selling from someone they don’t know and especially through social media.

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