Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 22, 2012

Counterfeit bills lead to charge

Staff writer

CROSSVILLE — A Crossville man was arrested by police on drug charges and on a charge relating to the passing of several counterfeit $100 bills, according to city police reports.

Jeffrey Shane Patton, 47, 141  Wayne Ave., is charged with one count of criminal simulation, possession of a schedule VI drug and possession of a legend drug, according to Lt. Larry Qualls' report.

Police on Monday were called to the Middle Tennessee Natural Gas office on Old Jamestown Hwy. where they met with Jory Lawson. Gas officials reported that Lawson attempted to pay a gas bill for the Inn of the Cumberlands with four counterfeit $100 bills.

During the investigation, it was learned that a suspect had paid room rental with six $100 bills and five $20 bills. That person was the only one paying for a room with $100 bills on that day.

All but one of the $100 bills turned out to be bogus, so police went to the inn to visit a suspect's room and, after making contact with the suspect, searched the room and found marijuana and prescription drugs present, according to Qualls' report.

Patton was taken into custody as a suspect in the case and was jailed at the Justice Center.