Amber M Menke

CAMDEN COUNTY, Mo. — A Camdenton woman is facing felony charges for drugs, forgery, and theft after authorities say she was found trying to buy items with counterfeit cash at a local convenience store.

On Tuesday, Sept. 29, the Camden County Sheriff's office says deputies were conducting a business check at CG’s Mini Mart in Sunrise Beach. While at the business, an employee alerted deputies of a female attempting to purchase items with a suspected counterfeit bill; deputies inspected the bill further and determined it was counterfeit, the sheriff's office says. Once confronted, the female suspect, Amber M. Menke, 29, of Camdenton, reportedly admitted to knowingly attempting to purchase items with fraudulent bills.

A search of her property revealed counterfeit bills, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and suspected methamphetamine, according to the sheriff's office. It was also learned she had outstanding warrants out of Miller County. The female was arrested as a result and taken to the Camden County Correctional Facility.

Menke was charged with: Felony possession of a controlled substance, Forgery, Possession of marijuana, Stealing and Possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond is set at $50,000 surety. She also remains in custody on two failure to appear warrants out of Miller County. 

The Camden County Sheriff’s Office is reminding business owners and citizens that are accepting bills, there are still bills being circulated around the Lake. "We urge everyone to take a hard look at any notes they are accepting," the Sheriff's Office said in a press release. "If you suspect it is counterfeit, please immediately contact the sheriff’s office. Thank you to CG’s continued diligence in spotting the fake bill. The investigation continues…"

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