Punxsy Woman Allegedly Tries to Use Counterfeit Money Obtained in Drug Sale

iStock_000017694100XSmall1[1]PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (EYT) – A Punxsutawney woman is facing charges after police allege she attempted to use counterfeit money from a drug sale at two area stores.

According to a criminal complaint, Jordan L. Pavlak, 29, of East Liberty Street, Punxsutawney, attempted to exchange counterfeit $20 bills for real cash at two stores in the Groundhog Plaza between noon and around 2:09 p.m. July 2.

Police received a call reporting a counterfeit $20 bill had been passed in one store, where management identified Pavlak as the woman who passed it.

Pavlak allegedly had six counterfeit $20 bills, a syringe, two empty stamp bags of heroin and a spoon in her possession, the complaint states.

Police say Pavlak told them she had last injected heroin earlier that morning.

Pavlak allegedly told police she had been at an ex-boyfriend’s house in Ringgold on June 30 when a woman came to his house to purchase “Crystal plates” meth from him, and the woman gave Pavlak $200.00 in counterfeit $20 bills in exchange for the meth, the complaint states.

Pavlak allegedly told police “she did not have any money, so she decided to purchase some items at different stores in Punxsutawney and get cash back for the counterfeit bills,” the complaint indicates.

“She said she knew it wasn’t right, but she had no money,” the complaint continues.

According to police, Pavlak purchased a $3 item at one store, paid with a counterfeit $20 bill, and received $17 in cash back, then went to a second store and purchased a pack of cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill and received cash back before giving the clerk two more counterfeit $20 bills and receiving cash back.

When she left the second store, police were there to take Pavlak into custody, the complaint states.

The following charges were filed against Pavlak:

  • Forgery – Unauthorized Act In Writing, Felony 2 (3 counts)
  • Theft By Deception-False Impression, Misdemeanor 3 (3 counts)
  • Receiving Stolen Property, Misdemeanor 3 (3 counts)
  • Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor (2 counts)

Pavlak was placed in the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of $60,000 bail.

She faces a preliminary hearing on August 25 before District Judge Douglas Robert Chambers.


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