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2 charged in attempts to post bond with fake money

January 10, 2019

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.

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