June 18th, 2018

Counterfeit suspect granted bail


By Shurtz, Delon on March 14, 2018.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A 34-year-old Lethbridge woman arrested in connection with a counterfeit money investigation has been released from custody.

Kristina Lucille Zinger was released on $2,000 no-cash bail following a hearing Tuesday in Lethbridge provincial court.

The accused, who appeared by closed-circuit TV from the Lethbridge Correctional Centre, was released on single charges of possession of counterfeit money, uttering counterfeit money, making counterfeit money and possession of stolen property under $5,000.

Earlier this month the Lethbridge Police Service’s economic crimes unit, priority crimes unit and patrol officers searched a hotel room, westside residence, and U-Haul, and seized printer cartridges, several sheets of paper and clippings of counterfeit US currency. Some of the U.S. bills had serial numbers matching those of several bills passed at local businesses over the past week. A stolen licence plate, printer and other items were also recovered.

One woman was arrested without incident during a vehicle stop.

Although released on the counterfeit-related charges, Zinger had previously been granted bail on previous charges of fraud over $5,000, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a weapon obtained by commission of an offence, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a weapon while prohibited, obstructing a peace officer, and identity fraud.

While on release Zinger must keep the peace and behave herself, attend court when required, reside at a prescribed location and abstain from alcohol and drugs.

Her next court appearance is scheduled for April 5.

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