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Uttering charge dropped

February 19, 1998

Uttering charge dropped

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A charge against a Martinsburg man accused of using counterfeit $20 bills at a local pawn shop was dismissed Wednesday, but his case might be sent to a grand jury.

The charge of uttering a counterfeit bill was dismissed when Martinsburg City Police failed to appear Wednesday for Rickie Lee Nash's preliminary hearing in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Detective George Swartwood said he was delayed because of grand jury proceedings, and will ask Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely to present the case to the grand jury today.

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Nash, 30, of 406 S. Kentucky Ave., also faces an April trial in Washington County District Court for two counts each of uttering counterfeit bills and theft, and one count of theft by scheme.

According to Martinsburg City Police, a phony $20 was discovered at Provision Pawn Shop, 203 Winchester Ave., on Jan. 31.

Police learned Nash had been charged in Washington County after fake bills were used for purchases at the Valley Mall that same day.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department said two $20 bills were found at G&G Clothing. J.C. Penney and Payless Shoes also reported receiving fake money.

In West Virginia, passing a counterfeit bill is a felony and conviction carries a two- to 10-year sentence.

- Amy Wallauer

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