Woman Facing Charges After Passing Counterfeit $100 Bill at Local Business

PUNXSUTAWNEY BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – Charges were filed against a Jefferson County woman this week after she allegedly used a fake $100 bill at a local business.

Court documents indicate the Punxsutawney Borough Police Department filed criminal charges against 34-year-old Elizabeth A. Rubba, of Punxsutawney.

According to a criminal complaint, on March 26, Officer Zeitler, of the Punxsutawney Borough Police Department, was dispatched to a business on West Mahoning Street in Punxsutawney Borough in reference to a counterfeit $100 bill that was passed.

Upon his arrival, Officer Zeitler spoke with the store manager who showed him a video of a white female wearing a red hoodie. The video revealed the female passing the clerk the bill and being given change back, as well as the items she purchased. The same female was reportedly in the business a few days prior and tried to cash the bill but was denied.

The complaint notes the female was found to be Elizabeth Rubba.

Officer Zeitler also received a statement from the clerk at the business who stated that Rubba purchased several items and presented the bill to pay for them. She reported that at the time she stated it looked new, but Rubba ignored the statement and started to tell her how sick she has been and continued talking. The clerk said she held it up and looked for the security strip and saw one, but did not look more closely at the bill. She then placed it in the cash drawer and gave Rubba her change. After Rubba left, she mentioned to her coworker that she thought it looked possibly fake but wasn’t sure.

According to the complaint, upon closer examination, it was clear the bill was a fake. On the front was written “For Motion Picture Use Only,” and the paper is also incorrect.

On Monday, April 1, Officer. Zeitler interviewed Rubba with her mother also present. Rubba’s mother stated she would like to be present due to Rubba being on medications and having had several concussions, and Officer Zeitler said it would be fine, the complaint notes.

According to the complaint, Rubba agreed to speak to Officer Zeitler and admitted she passed the fake bill.

Rubba’s mother spoke up and stated that it was her fault, as she gave Rubba the bill, and Officer Zeitler explained it was not a simple mistake, as she presented the bill at the business previously and had been told it was a fake then returned and presented it again.

Based on the investigation, the following charges were filed in Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office on Thursday, April 11:

– Forgery – Utters Forged Writing, Felony 2
– Theft by Deception-False Impression, Misdemeanor 1
– Receiving Stolen Property, Misdemeanor 1

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on May 7, with Judge Mizerock presiding.


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