The employees gave a description to deputies of the woman and the car in which she was last seen leaving the parking lot. With that information, deputies initiated a traffic stop on Karen J. Collins, 52, 1015 N. Simmons Street, Lake Charles. Collins was transported back to the store where she was identified by the store employees.
Collins confirmed she attempted to buy the television but stated she was unaware the money was counterfeit. During the investigation, twenty one additional counterfeit $100 bills were recovered on Collins that were stuffed inside her undergarments.
Collins was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 27 counts of monetary instrument abuse.
Judge Ron Ware set her bond at $5,000.
CPSO Detective Rick Burrell is the lead investigator on this case.