A Petersburg woman was charged with forgery and theft by deception after trying to pass off a counterfeit bill on Sept. 9 at Champs Sports Bar & Grill, according to court documents.
Patton Township Police arrived at the restaurant, located at 1611 N. Atherton St., and asked Siera McGhee, 23, if she had any counterfeit bills in her purse, according to court documents.
She “seemed very nervous, hesitant, and was clutching her purse,” and told police she had a smoking device in her purse, police said.
McGhee opened her purse after police requested her to show them the device, and upon opening it, police saw a bag of synthetic marijuana, police said.
McGhee told police she did not know the name of the person she got the synthetic marijuana from, and that she contacted him through text message, police said.
Police said they are requesting a search warrant to look for more counterfeit bills and controlled substances.
McGhee is charged with four counts of forgery, a felony, four counts of theft by deception, a misdemeanor, and one count each of receiving stolen property and theft by unlawful taking — both misdemeanors.