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Woman admits to passing fake bills

Tempest Gallagher

Tempest Gallagher

A Phoenix woman on Friday pleaded guilty to passing counterfeit money to Kingman businesses.

Tempest Racheal Gallagher, 45, pleaded guilty to one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices. As a class 2 felony, fraudulent schemes and artifices carries a maximum sentence of 12 years and six months in prison.

As part of a guilty plea agreement with the Mohave County Attorney's Office, Gallagher will be sentenced to the presumptive sentence of five years in prison.

Also part of the agreement, nine counts of forgery will be dismissed.

Mohave County Superior Court Commissioner Lee Jantzen set a judgment and sentencing hearing for 9 a.m. on March 28. Gallagher is currently being held at Mohave County Jail on $7,500 bond.

Kingman Police arrested Gallagher at about 8:15 p.m. on Jan. 15 in front of a business in the 3300 block of Stockton Hill Road.

During her arrest, Gallagher admitted to the offenses, prosecutor Megan McCoy said.

Officers were alerted 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.

Gallagher allegedly 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 added.

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

On Dec. 3, Gallagher was given three years probation in Maricopa County Superior Court after she pleaded to criminal possession of a forgery device as a class 6 undesignated offense. She was to serve two months in the Maricopa County Jail by July 1 as part of her probation.Her admitted guilt here allows Maricopa County to prove Gallagher violated her probation.