Woman busted purchasing birthday cards with counterfeit $100 bills

Updated: 07/22/2014 7:30 AM | Created: 07/21/2014 5:55 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It started a little more than a year ago when his girlfriend, Celia Alvarez of Ceres, California, got caught at the Albertson’s supermarket at Central and Coors in Albuquerque.

A sharp-eyed clerk caught her trying to use a bogus $100 bill to buy a $50 gift card and a birthday card. Police say the birthday card was just window-dressing.

She would keep the change from the transaction and cash in the gift card at another store.

Police say she told them her boyfriend was waiting for her in the car out in the parking lot, but when they got there he was gone.

In the car they found printing materials, a 3-in-1 printer, drugs and syringes, fake $100 bills – and oh yes – lots and lots of birthday cards.

Police say Motsenbocker was “bleaching” $1 bills and turning them into $100 bills with that printer.

They traced a trail of bogus bills from Kingman, Arizona to Bullhead City, Arizona, to Fort Mohave, Arizona – to Albuquerque. Celia Alvarez pleaded guilty and is doing time in Arizona.

Richard Motsenbocker was caught and charged in that state and is now facing charges here in New Mexico too.

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