KINGSPORT, Tenn. (CBSDC) – A woman reportedly told police she was counterfeiting money because she read online that President Barack Obama created a new law stating that people can start printing their own money.

The Times News reports Pamela Downs tried to use a counterfeit $5 bill at a local grocery store in Kingsport, Tennessee, on Sunday.

Police say that counterfeit bill was printed on computer paper and that each side had been glued together.

According to the Times News, Downs told the officer she received the money from a gas station a few days prior, but that she never inspected the bill.

Police then searched Downs’ purse and found a $100 bill which was also counterfeit. The Times News reports the bill was printed in black and white and that the back of the bill was printed upside down.

Police also found a receipt for a printer and copy paper in her purse.

“I don’t give a ****, all these other b****** get to print money, so I can too,” she reportedly told police when she was arrested.

The Times News reports that when Downs was at the jail, she told officers that she read online Obama created a law that permitted her to print her own money because she’s on a fixed income.

When officers searched her apartment, they found counterfeit bills totaling between $30,000 to $50,000.

Downs has been charged with criminal simulation and counterfeiting.


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