A few years ago I was shopping at Best Buy for some video games and a couple of DVD’s. I had over $100 worth of stuff I wanted but didn’t really need, and headed towards the cash registers. After being rung up and given the total, I handed the cashier some cash that included a $50 bill. Much to my surprise, the cashier’s little pen decided that my $50 wasn’t real. It was a counterfeit.
The next thing I knew I was in a little room talking to the store’s security explaining to them that I had no idea the bill wasn’t real, and I had gotten it from the bank after cashing my paycheck. They checked all the other cash in my wallet, and when every bill was found to be real, they decided I was telling the truth and let me go. It was a relief because even though I knew I didn’t do it on purpose, I wasn’t really sure what could happen to me for using a counterfeit bill.
It was the type of relief that Western Kentucky basketball player Arnika Brown isn’t going to feel. No, it looks like she’s going to get into some real trouble for buying a bunch of merchandise with counterfeit money.
Western Kentucky University women’s basketball player Arnika Brown is facing more than a dozen criminal charges after police say she used counterfeit money to shop at a store in her hometown of Hopkinsville, Ky.
Brown, 21, was arrested Saturday on 11 felony charges of possession of a forged instrument and five charges of theft by deception. Police said she admitted using the counterfeit money to make several purchases. She was released Saturday on bond.
Arnika was the Sun Belt Conference’s Freshman of the Year last season, and she’s already leading the pack for Sun Belt Conference Dumbass of the Year this season. Now, I don’t want to promote lying to the police, but if they only busted you using the counterfeit money at one place, why tell them you used the bills at other stores as well?
Couldn’t she have just used the same defense I did and told them she was using it unknowingly? Of course, it could have just been that the forgeries were horrible and she had a ton of them in her purse, so there really was no way she could deny it. Even so, the first rule of getting arrested should be deny everything.
Brown will be arraigned tomorrow in Kentucky’s Christian County, and hopefully she’ll have a lawyer by then. God knows if she’d have had one yesterday she wouldn’t have confessed to everything. As for how this will affect her standing at WKU, the school isn’t saying anything at the moment other than that they’re aware of it, and will handle it internally.