Two arrested for passing counterfeit money | Crime
An 18-year-old Clarkston woman and 38-year-old Lapwai man have been charged with forgery and possession of forged notes after allegedly passing counterfeit money at two Lewiston businesses over the weekend. According to Nez Perce County Deputy Prosecutor Justin Coleman, the charges against Samantha Russell and Arno Tulee stem from "possessing and trying to pass counterfeit bills."
According to court documents, on December 15th, Tulee allegedly passed a counterfeit $50 bill at Dyna Mart, and also had in his possession two counterfeit $50 bills with identical serial numbers. Meanwhile, Russell allegedly had $670 of fake money in her possession. She also allegedly used one fake $50 bill and two counterfeit $20 bills at Goodwill.
Russell is charged with one count of possession of a forged check and one count of forgery, both felonies. Tulee is charged with two counts of possession of a forged check, one count of forgery, and one count of misdemeanor driving without privileges.
A preliminary hearing for each has been scheduled for December 26th in Nez Perce County Magistrate Court.