KOSCIUSKO — A Syracuse woman was arrested after allegedly using counterfeit money to purchase a vehicle.
Erika Lee Bice, 35, 8237 E. Hatchery Road, Syracuse, is being charged with counterfeiting and theft, both level 6 felonies.
On April 29, an officer with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office responded to a vehicle theft. The officer spoke with the male subject who reported the theft. The male advised he was selling a green 2003 GMC Envoy on the Internet.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, a female subject, later identified as Bice; and a male subject arrived to purchase the vehicle. Bice gave the male selling the vehicle 20 $100 bills. After the title was signed over, Bice and the male subject accompanying her drove off with the vehicle.
When the male selling the vehicle got back inside his residence, he noticed the dollar bills were counterfeit.
On May 1, the male advised the sheriff’s office that he had found the vehicle for sale on the Internet. The officer arranged to purchase the vehicle and met with Bice, who was driving the GMC Envoy.
Bice admitted to ordering counterfeit money from the Internet and using it to purchase the GMC Envoy. She has already been arrested and released on a $5,250 surety and cash bond.