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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  • by TOM Location: MADISON on Feb 15, 2011 at 04:05 PM
    No inflation is not normal......with a stable money supply prices will remain stable and also with technological and mass production advances prices will actually go down as seen in electronics as a recent example. Price inflation is caused by monetary inflation and monetary inflation is caused by bankers printing dollars and then who reap the benefits of spending the money before it loses its value. Bankers create inflation and profit from it so they strive to keep inflation in an economy. Who wins with inflation....bankers! Who wins with falling prices....the average consumer! This is why Bernanke is flooding the markets with paper dollars, he is trying to create inflation and we will have to pay higher prices, but his banker buddies will make more money.
  • by tom Location: madison on Feb 15, 2011 at 03:53 PM
    Gold has never failed.........something uneducated economists don't want us to know because when people have faith in gold they lose faith in paper money and since paper money is only about faith.....and by the way uneducated economist, FIVE YEARS AGO THE LME HAD 100,000 TONS OF COPPER ON HAND READY FOR DELIVERY AND TODAY THEY HAVE OVER 400,000 TONS ON HAND READY FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY......400,000 TONS TODAY! DOES NOT SEEM VERY SCARCE TO ME AND BY THE WAY THE PRICE OF COPPER HAS DOUBLED IN FIVE YEARS.......SUPPLY HAS GONE UP 400% AND COSTS HAVE GONE UP 200%.....KIND OF BREAKS THE LAW OF SUPPLY AND DEMAND DON'T YOU THINK, SO THE SOMETHING THAT BROKE IT WAS TOO MANY DOLLARS DILUTING THEIR VALUE. Facts and history will always trump educated theorists.....
  • by T K Location: Aucilla on Feb 15, 2011 at 03:41 PM
    She wasdumb goingto the place tree times.
  • by tom Location: madison on Feb 15, 2011 at 02:58 PM
    Geez, when you call someone racist you have never met you become racist yourself. Remember Obama is half white....which half did you vote for?
  • by Chris Location: Tally on Feb 15, 2011 at 01:45 PM
    These two look like a classy pair! I'd have known something was up when this white trash all-star handed me a $50. Like he'd ever have that much money!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011 at 01:19 PM
    These 'winners' look like their faces caught on fire and someone put out the flames with an axe!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011 at 11:24 AM
    Way to go Brian! Your brisket is the best!!
  • by geez Location: tallahassee on Feb 15, 2011 at 11:03 AM
  • by anonymous on Feb 15, 2011 at 10:18 AM
    the collapse of the dollar due to over printing would be caused by inflation, of which some is natural and good. our inflation isn't all that bad right now. there are many countries that are consistently much worse. "tom" said that 100% of paper currency has failed...everything fails eventually, but it's not only because of economics. people need to get that through their heads. NOTHING is forever. currently our economy isn't THAT bad. no printing money left and right is not a good thing, but the dollar isn't going to fail anytime soon barring WWIII. come on people... and the statement on copper being worth more is not because the dollar has weakened, it's because copper is a "scarce resource"- another econ term.
  • by Um. Location: Tally on Feb 15, 2011 at 09:40 AM
    Of course they were getting take out food.. you can't cook food and meth at the same time!
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