Deputies Arrest Two in Counterfeiting Scheme

By: LCSO Press Release
By: LCSO Press Release

UPDATED By Candace Sweat 2/15/2011 at 12:15 am

The owner of Piggy's BBQ, Brian Rowe, said it was the third time Lezli Grubbs came into his restaurant and handed his cashier a fake 20 dollar bill. Only this time, he was determined not to let her get away.

Apparently there are some employees at Piggy's BBQ that do not forget a face. So when 34-year-old Lezli Grubbs tried to buy a meal with a counterfeit 20 dollar bill for the third time, they were ready for her.

"A couple of folks on the inside just made sure that what the lady was waiting on took extra time. We were monitoring the doors and the parking lot making sure that if she was to try to get up and leave we would somehow delay her," said Rowe.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office arrested Grubbs right there at the restaurant Saturday night.

They later arrested her partner, 47 year old Kenneth Retherford, at his home in the 4,000 block on Centerville Road in connection with the suspected counterfeiting operation.

Rowe says this kind of scheme can be bad for his business and they're being even more cautious when it come to handling cash.

"We're checking all of our bills. We've been advised that there are some smaller bills going out, so we're basically looking at swiping all of the smaller bills and then visually checking the larger bills," said Rowe.

Detectives say they found several items at Retherford's home that they believe were used for making the fake money.

A spokesperson from the LCSO says detectives found computer equipment and other items they think were used for production.
Tallahassee, FL - On Saturday, February 12, 2011 the Leon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Lezli L. Grubbs, 34, and Kenneth R. Retherford, 47, in connection with a suspected counterfeiting operation. Deputies were called to Piggy’s BBQ on Capital Circle Northeast after Grubbs passed a counterfeit twenty dollar bill and was recognized by an employee. Grubbs was also the suspect in two prior incidents which
resulted in counterfeit bills being passed at the restaurant.

Financial Crimes detectives conducted interviews and collected the physical evidence. Detectives also located Retherford’s residence in the 4000 block of Centerville Road, where they believe the bills were being made. After obtaining a search warrant for the residence, detectives located a scanner, a printer and other computer equipment in addition to counterfeit detection pens other paraphernalia believed to be involved in the production of the counterfeit money.

Retherford and Grubbs were taken into custody and transported to the Leon County Jail.

** Lezli L. Grubbs
DOB: 2-14-1977
Charges: Uttering a False Bill or Promissory Note (3 counts)

**Kenneth R. Retherford
DOB: 10-26-1963
Charges: Possession of Tools for Forgery or Counterfeiting, Resisting LEO without Violence, Fraud- False ID Given to LEO, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

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