A woman from Tinley Park allegedly attempted to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at the Marathon gas station on Cicero Avenue last Monday night but was thwarted by an alert clerk and arrested by an Oak Lawn police officer.
As the officers responded to the call, they recognized a woman, who matched the description, walking along Columbus Drive, across from Marathon, with two plastic bags in her arms. When the first officer exited his squad, the woman allegedly said that she didn’t know the money was fake and also claimed the clerk wouldn’t give it back to her. She didn’t say why she would want fake money back.
The clerk at the Marathon told another officer that the woman in question had entered the store and attempted to pay with a fake $20 bill. When the clerk told her the bill was counterfeit she argued that it was not fake and demanded it back. The clerk refused and called the police.
The woman left the store after paying with real United States Currency but did not retrieve the fake money. Instead, the clerk had the fake bill and showed it to the officer who interviewed him at the store.
In addition to denying the money was counterfeit, the woman provided a name that didn’t match the description of the woman at the scene. While the police continued to investigate her identity, the woman told the officers that she didn’t know the bill was fake and that she didn’t have any other counterfeit bills. She allowed the officers to check her purse to prove that she was an innocent victim.
Instead, the officers allege that they found 12 bills with the same serial number on each bill. A check with the counterfeit bill pen indicated that all 12 bills were counterfeit according to the police. The woman was placed into custody and driven to the police station.
At the police station, the woman provided her real name. The real name, Mariah N. Tidd, indicated that there was a warrant from Orland Park and one from Lake County alleging forgeries.
Tidd, a 22 year old white woman, from Tinley Park, allegedly told the police that earlier in the day she had purchased $400 in counterfeit money in Chicago from a man for $80. She said she had rented a room at the Midway Inn before walking across to Marathon in an attempt to use the counterfeit $20 bill.
Eventually Tidd told authorities that she had used the counterfeit money for small purchases at convenience stores in Blue Island in a successful attempt to get change. She was charged with a felony count of forgery and was being held in Cook County Jail.