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1:44 PM Mon, Feb. 18th

Woman who passed fake $50 bills sentenced

A handful of local stores will be able to recover the money they lost to a counterfeiter in January.

Tempest Rachel Gallagher, 46, of Phoenix was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $400 in restitution. She received 72 days credit for time served.

Gallagher was charged with nine counts of forgery and one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices. On Jan. 15, she passed several counterfeit $50 bills to six businesses along Stockton Hill Road - Petco, Staples, Big Lots, Ross, Sally's Beauty Shop, Taco Bell and Wal-Mart.

She agreed to plead guilty to the fraudulent schemes charge in exchange for the five-year sentence.

Her public defender, David Corbett, called the sentencing fair and appropriate.

County attorney Derek Carlisle agreed that the sentencing was fair and asked that the record be changed to include all of the stores that were victimized by Gallagher.