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Thanks Obama: Obama blamed for Kingsport counterfeiting

Nick Shepherd • Jul 14, 2015 at 1:12 PM

A Kingsport woman told police she was counterfeiting money because she read online that President Barack Obama made a new law allowing her to print her own money, according to a police report.

Police were called to a local grocery store on Sunday night in regards to a complaint about counterfeit money. When the reporting officer arrived, he spoke with a gas station clerk who said that just prior to the officer's arrival, a white female had handed him a $5 bill, which he suspected to be counterfeit.

The clerk handed the officer the bill and immediately recognized the bill had been printed on regular computer paper and each side had been glued together but was falling apart.

The officer spoke with the female, identified as Pamela Downs, 45, 1943 Fort Robinson Drive apt. A. The officer asked Downs about the currency and she reportedly said she had received the money from a gas station in Bristol a few days ago. She told the officer the bill was folded over and she never inspected it.

Downs was asked by the officer if her purse could be searched, to which she agreed. Inside her purse, the officer found a $100 which was also counterfeit, according to the report. The bill was printed in black and white and the backside of the bill was upside down.

A couple of receipts from Walmart were also found inside the purse, showing Downs had purchased copy paper and a printer.

Downs was then placed in handcuffs. Downs then reportedly said, "I don't give a ****, all these other bitches get to print money so I can too."

Downs was placed in a patrol vehicle and transported to the Kingsport City Jail.

While at the jail, she was reportedly read her Miranda Rights and was interviewed. Downs reportedly told the officer the receipts that were found were items she used to print money in her apartment.

She then told officers she read online that President Obama had made a new law that permitted her to print her own money because she is on a fixed income, the report stated.

She was charged with criminal simulation and counterfeiting.

Down then signed a consent to search waiver, which officers executed at her apartment. Inside they found several items consistent with being used to print counterfeit currency including paper, scissors, glue and a printer. All the items were seized and put into evidence.

Several more counterfeit bills, both cut and uncut, were located at the apartment. Officers estimated the total to be around $30,000 to $50,000.

While the reporting officer was doing paperwork, another report was found where Downs had attempted to pass a $100 bill at an area restaurant earlier in July. The bill was falling apart and did not have any marking to show it was real. Downs reportedly told that officer she received the bill from an Exxon in Greeneville.

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