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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Funny money results in arrest

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  • A response to a suspicious person in a northwest side neighborhood early Thursday led to the arrest of an Ardmore man found in possession of $400 in counterfeit $20 bills.
    Sgt. Ryan Hunnicutt, Ardmore Police Department public information officer, said shortly before 3 a.m., Capt. Eric Hamblin took Charles Cody Hamby into custody in the 900 block of Ash Street. Hamby was booked into the county jail pending charges.
    "Capt. Hamblin responded to a call of a suspicious person and possible auto burglary. During that investigation, he saw the suspect briefly and then observed a car leaving the area," Hunniuctt said.
    A short time later, Hamblin located the car parked in the 900 block of Ash Street.
    "Charles Hamby, who appeared to be the same person Capt. Hamblin saw leaving the scene, was standing next to the car," Hunnicutt said. "During the course of the investigation, Hamby was found to be in possession of the counterfeit bills."
    Hamby was arrested without incident. Hunnicutt said three others who were also standing around the car were questioned and released at the scene.
    Hamby's criminal record includes convictions in 2012 for distribution of a controlled substance and in 2011 for unlawful possession of methamphetamine.
    Hamby was charged by the district attorney's office Thursday with one count of possession of forged notes or instruments. The charge accuses the 23-year-old with "intentionally" knowing the money was counterfeit and his intent was fraud. The charge contains an after-former-conviction penalty enhancement.
    Bond was set at $15,000. A spokesperson for the Carter County Detention Center said late Thursday afternoon Hamby remained detained pending the posting of bond.
    If convicted, the Ardmore man could face a fine of $10,000 and up to seven years in a state prison.
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