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W.Va. woman charged with five counterfeiting counts

January 25, 2007

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Bunker Hill, W.Va., woman was arraigned Tuesday on five counts of counterfeiting after her landlord told police earlier this month that he received five suspect Travelers Express MoneyGrams totaling $4,100, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Rachelle Lynn Frye, 28, of 41 Sanford Drive, was arraigned by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller, who set bond at $12,500.

The landlord told police that Frye asked him to assist her with cashing the checks in December at Citizens National Bank in Martinsburg, telling him she did not have a bank account, according to a complaint filed by West Virginia State Police Trooper J.M. Walker. The checks, the victim was told, were for child support, Walker said in his complaint.

Frye allegedly told Walker on Jan. 5 that she didn't know the checks were counterfeit, and said they came from another woman who agreed to be a roommate with her and her husband and were payment for the first three months, according to records.

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"When questioned why she advised (the victim) the checks were for child support, Ms. Frye stated she thought they were child support checks," and received the same amount of money in question from her father, Walker said.

Walker said Frye then admitted she didn't know how to contact her father and had no documentation of previous child support payments, according to records.

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