Silverthorne police charge two women with floating funny money
Two women have been charged with felony counterfeiting after police arrested them at a Conoco gas station in Silverthorne on Wednesday, Aug. 10. Tamara Nishimura, age 34, and Tiffany Thomas, 29, are currently being held in the Summit County Jail while Silverthorne police continue to investigate.
An employee at the Coach store at the Outlets at Silverthorne tipped off police earlier that afternoon when Nishimura and Thomas bought a bag and two wallets with what turned out to be fake $100 bills. Police followed them from the Coach store to the gas station, where they approached the women and reported finding more phony notes in their vehicle.
Nishimura and Thomas each face 16 counts of forgery, a class 5 felony that carries 1-3 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000; one count each of possession of a counterfeiting device, a class 6 felony punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $100,000 fine; and one count each of misdemeanor theft. Police are considering pressing additional charges.
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