A Chicago resident
was arrested Thursday, Jan. 31, on a charge of counterfeiting, after
Chesterton Police said that she passed two phony $20 bills at the Dollar
Tree, 321 Indian Boundary Road.
police, at 7:42 p.m. a Dollar Tree employee reported that a woman
subsequently identified as Ciara Paris Evans, 26, used a phony $20 to buy a
pack of tissues for $1.07, then a second to buy an air freshener for $1.07.
She then left the store, leaving three additional phony $20 bills on the
Evans was located a
few minutes later at the Speedway gas station at Indian Boundary Road and
North Calumet Road, where she attempted to pass another phony $20 but was
foiled when a clerk used a security pen on the bill, police said.
police that she didn’t realize the bills were counterfeit and that she’d
received them from “an unknown man while in Chicago as she was walking down
the street and assisted this man in moving.”
Evans, however, was
unable to provide the change just received in her transactions at the Dollar
Tree, as she’d given the cash to her boyfriend, the driver of the car,
identified as Mauriceo L. Ashford, 29, also of Chicago, police said.
Ashford, for his
part, had $163 on his person but said that Evans had given him only about $3
in change from the Dollar Tree, police said.
Evans was charged
with counterfeiting and Ashford with identity deception, after police said
that he initially gave officers his brother’s name, police said.
transported to Porter County Jail.
Police added that
officers found an additional two counterfeit $20 bills under the passenger’s
seat, ripped up. Evans advised police that she’d destroyed them after the
Speedway clerk told her the bill she’d presented for a purchase was phony,
‘because she did not know what else to do.”