Campbell County school janitor arrested for counterfeit bills

Campbell County school janitor arrested for passing counterfeit bills

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James Terry Chapman (source: Campbell County Sheriff's Office) James Terry Chapman (source: Campbell County Sheriff's Office)

LAFOLLETTE (WATE) - A Campbell County Schools janitor was arrested for passing counterfeit bills and has been fired from his position.

The Campbell County Sheriff's Office says James Terry Chapman, 44, was arrested at his home Monday and charged with criminal simulation.

Court papers indicate a vehicle belonging to Chapman was repossessed on Sept. 24. The repossessor discovered two counterfeit bills for $20 and $10 in the vehicle. Copy paper with the back part of those bills was also found, printed in black and white.

The counterfeit bills were turned over to police.

The next day, David Bolton of Bolton's Body Shop in LaFollette called police to say he had towed a vehicle belonging to Chapman from Knoxville to LaFollette and also loaned Chapman $50.

Chapman, in turn, told Bolton $20 of the money he had been loaned was counterfeit and would only pay him back $30. Chapman also gave Bolton the phony $20 bill, and Bolton turned it over to police.

Police interviewed Chapman at his home on Monday, and he admitted to forging U.S. currency. Tuesday he told investigators he used a printer at LaFollette Middle School to print the counterfeit bills.

Campbell County Schools officials say Chapman has been terminated from his position as janitor.

 

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