NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Pasco County man was arrested for counterfeiting bills and trying to sell them on Facebook.
According to an arrest affidavit, a deputy responded to the home of Levy Newberry, 28, of New Port Richey.
The complaint was made by Newberry’s landlord. She said he had manufactured counterfeit money in $5, $10 and $20 bills by printing it out at the library.
The landlord said Newberry had numerous pages of printed counterfeit money on the floor in his bedroom.
Newberry allegedly appeared highly nervous and was sweating when the deputy arrived at his home.
Newberry said he printed “legal printable money” from Pinterest at the New Port Richey Public Library.
He said he was already on felony probation for dealing in stolen property.
The landlord, identified as Teresa Spitzer, told the deputy Newberry went to her with counterfeit money, which he said he made at the library.
Spitzer told Newberry that was not legal and he said he did it for “*expletive* and giggles.”
Spitzer said she told Newberry she was going to call police and he quickly gathered the counterfeit currency from his bedroom and fled the home on foot to dispose of the fake bills.
Spitzer gave the responding deputy two counterfeit $5 bills she said she got from Newberry.
Newberry told the deputy he bought a pack of resume paper from Walmart and used the paper to print the fake bills.
He said he disposed of the pages of counterfeit money in a roadside sewer drain somewhere in the area of Little Road and Rye Street.
Newberry said he found a buyer on Facebook who was willing to pay $250 for $500 in fake money.
Newberry was arrested and taken to the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center.