A Kenmore woman operated a counterfeiting business making fake $20 bills, Erie County prosecutors say.
Prosecutors say Krystal Rains used the phony $20 bills while shopping at Walmart, Home Depot and CVS.
Rains, 33, is charged with 12 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree, two counts of criminal possession of a forged device in the first degree, grand larceny in the fourth degree and petit larceny. She was arraigned Friday.
Investigators reportedly found materials at Rains' home that were used to make the phony money, including templates and scraps from rejected efforts. There also reportedly is video of Rains' buying the materials used for the bills.
The U.S. Secret Service was involved in the case, because similar Federal Reserve Notes with the same serial number were found up and down the Eastern seaboard, Assistant District Attorney Candace K. Vogel told the court.
Rains, who was extradited from Texas, has three prior felony convictions. She failed to appear in court four times on various other charges and her probation was revoked on a previous conviction, Erie County Judge Michael Pietruszka ordered that she be held without bail.