California woman pleads guilty in Texas to passing fake cash

SAN ANTONIO (TIP): A California woman has pleaded guilty to making and passing nearly $58,000 in fake cash.


The San Antonio Express-News ( ) reported Saturday, January 17 that Tela Lee Conerly faces up to 20 years in federal prison during sentencing this spring.


Conerly pleaded guilty Friday in San Antonio to manufacturing and distributing counterfeit currency. Investigators tracked serial numbers of some of the fake bills passed since 2011 in California, Oregon, Arizona and Texas.

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Investigators say Conerly bleached real $1 bills and changed them to fake $100s.


Police in Hondo, 50 miles west of San Antonio, arrested Conerly last March on a tip that she was printing fake money in a hotel room. Officers recovered a computer, a printer, bogus bills and other counterfeiting equipment.


Information from: San Antonio Express-News,

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