Tremonton Police Chief David Nance said Carol M. Sprouse, 45, of Turlock, Calif., was arrested Thursday, July 18, after police found six counterfeit $100 bills in her possession when they made contact with her at the store. The woman had allegedly passed a bogus $100 bill the week before in the Family Dollar and the clerk on duty recognized her from the previous transaction and called police. Nance credits that clerk for helping bring the woman into custody.
Nance said counterfeit $100 bills had also been passed locally in Alco and Ridley’s. With her arrest, the woman admitted to passing other bills in Salt Lake City and Riverdale.
The Secret Service was brought in on the investigation, according to Nance, and may be able to tie Sprouse to several other outstanding cases where the same serial numbers were used on the counterfeit money.
Sprouse was also found in possession of two meth pipes.
Nance said Sprouse has ties to Box Elder County and was staying with relatives.