A Florida man’s alleged counterfeit money scheme fell a bit short.
A landlord from New Port Richey called police to report that one of her tenants appeared to have pages of counterfeit $5, $10, and $20 bills on the floor of his bedroom. Teresa Spitzer said her tenant, 29-year-old Levy Newberry, printed out the fake money at New Port Richey Public Library, according to WFLA in Tampa. Spitzer told police he made the money for “sh--s and giggles.”
Police responded to Newberry’s home on Sunday and deputies noted in their report that he was sweating and appeared nervous upon their arrival. He allegedly told them that he had printed “legal printable money” from Pinterest at the library. But the money, or most of it, was already gone.
Before police arrived, Spitzer claimed Newberry gave her two counterfeit $5 bills, bills she later gave to a responding deputy. When Newberry got word that she was about to call the police, he allegedly gathered his stacks of library-printed money and ditched the pages in a roadside sewer drain.
Newberry allegedly admitted to police that he was going to sell the counterfeit pages for $250 to a buyer on Facebook.
He was already out on felony probation for dealing in stolen property, he told police.
Newberry was arrested on Sunday and charged with forgery, according to online jail records, a felony offense. His records noted that he is considered a violent felony offender. There is no bail set for his release.
It’s not clear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.
[Photo: Pasco County Sheriff's Office]