2 charged in attempts to post bond with fake money
LOGAN, W.Va. — Two women were recently charged in separate incidents for trying to pay a criminal bond with counterfeit money.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Logan County Magistrate Court, on Dec. 27, Nancy Helen McKinney, 46, of Whitman, West Virginia, entered the Logan County Courthouse and handed a counterfeit $100 bill to the magistrate clerk’s office in an attempt to pay an individual’s bond.
McKinney was charged with felony counterfeiting and arraigned on a $5,000 bond by Magistrate Dwight Williamson.
On Jan. 2, Denise Helen West, 46, of Huntington, reportedly attempted a similar crime. According to another criminal complaint, West attempted to post a bond at the courthouse for Heather Plumley with a counterfeit $100 bill.
The complaint says the counterfeit bill had “Chinese type writing” on both sides. Officer Jonathan Ziegler with the Logan Police Department was in magistrate court for a hearing on Plumley when courthouse staff told him about West’s attempt.
West was arrested and also charged with felony counterfeiting. She was arraigned by Williamson on a $50,000 bond.