Master Trooper Joe Veeneman
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 8, Morehead
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Felony Arrest in Montgomery County
Date of News Release: 03/07/2012
(MOREHEAD, KY) - On Tuesday March 6, 2012, the Kentucky State Police in Morehead was contacted by the Morehead Police Department and asked to observe for a Black Chevy passenger car, bearing Tennessee License plates. Officer Mark Hammond of the Morehead Police Department was investigating three separate incidents in Morehead, Kentucky involving large amounts of counterfeit U.S. currency. Around 0615 hours on March 6, 2012, Officer Hammond was contacted by Wal-Mart in Morehead, who indicated that on March 5, 2012, two females purchased over $3000 in electronic items with counterfeit currency. Later in the day on March 6, 2012, Officer Hammond was contacted by Kroger in Morehead, indicating that on March 5, 2012 a female passed $900 in counterfeit U.S. currency. Also, at approximately 3:15 p.m. on March 6, 2012, another female attempted to pass several more counterfeit bills at Kroger in Morehead. At this time, Kroger employees managed to obtain the registration number, make and model on the vehicle the suspects were in.
At approximately 4:15 p.m., Detective Toby Gardner of the Kentucky State Police located the suspect vehicle near the 105 mile marker in Montgomery County. Detective Gardner initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. Gardner then searched the vehicle where he located and seized over $5000 in U.S. currency, as well as over $3000 worth of electronics that were purchased by the suspects, who had used the counterfeit currency at Wal-Mart in Morehead on March 5, 2012. Officer Hammond traveled to Montgomery County and met Detective Gardner and a U.S. Secret Service Special Agent. Further investigation indicated the three occupants of the vehicle had been using counterfeit money, mostly $100 bills in numerous East Coast States, including New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia and Kentucky. Detective Gardner arrested the following individuals and charged each of them with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 1st degree, a Class C Felony:
Tierah S. O'Neal, Female, age 21 of Newark, Delaware
Ashley-Monet Walcott, Female age 18 of Long Island, New York
Chantal L. Campbell, Female age 19 of West Babylon, New York
Additional charges are forthcoming by the Officer Hammond and the United States Secret Service.