Woman allegedly passes bad money to 7 businesses

Tempest Gallagher

Tempest Gallagher

A Phoenix woman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly paying for purchases with counterfeit money at Kingman businesses.

Kingman Police arrested Tempest Racheal Gallagher, 45, at about 8:15 p.m. in front of a business in the 3300 block of Stockton Hill Road.

Officers were alert to Gallagher by a business in the same block.

The business reported she had allegedly passed a counterfeit $50 bill there, Sgt. Rusty Cooper said.

"The investigation revealed that Gallagher had presented counterfeit bills to at least seven different businesses in the area within a half hour and obtained valid currency in the change process," Cooper said.

Officers found Gallagher to be in possession of additional counterfeit money, Cooper added.

"It appears that Gallagher was in Kingman for the specific purpose of passing the fake bills," Cooper said.

Gallagher has been charged with one count of fraudulent schemes and practices, though the investigation continues, Cooper added. As a class 2 felony, she faces 12 years and six months in prison.

On Dec. 3, Gallagher was given three years probation in Maricopa County Superior Court in connection with a 2007 case.

In the case, she pleaded to criminal possession of a forgery device as a class 6 undesignated offense. She was also to serve two months in the Maricopa County Jail by July 1 as part of her probation.

If the 2007 offense is proven as a historical prior, Gallagher could face a maximum of 23 years and four months in prison.