LAND O'LAKES — Two women were arrested Thursday, accused of passing off counterfeit $100 bills.
The money started off as $5 bills, Pasco sheriff's detectives say. Jimeka Denay Spillman, 25, and Jimmiel Leigh Engram, 26, washed the ink off, then printed over the blank paper with $100 bill templates. That way, said Detective Bruce Cohen, the bills fool counterfeit-detecting pens often used by cashiers.
Cohen said the women passed off $300 worth of bills at businesses. At a Walmart in Land O'Lakes on April 28, they used the bills to buy a phone card and bought a $5 DVD, reports state.
Store employees recognized the counterfeit money and refused to accept more of it as the women tried to buy other things. Spillman and Engram, both of 3124 Shady Lilly Lane, were later identified.
Both were arrested on one charge each of uttering a counterfeit bill. They have since been released from the Land O'Lakes jail on $5,000 bail each.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was changed to reflect the following correction — Spillman and Engram were accused of passing about $300 worth of bills. In all, detectives say, about $3,000 worth were circulated in the community. An earlier version of this story gave an incorrect dollar amount.