WILLIAMSON, W.Va. – The Mingo County Sheriff’s Department reports that a Kentucky man was arrested last Thursday after attempting to sell counterfeit coins to a Williamson pawn shop.

Joey Jude, 39 from Warfield Ky., has been charged with felony and misdemeanor offenses including counterfeiting, possession of counterfeit with intent to utter, and simple possession.

According to a criminal complaint, Jude was arrested by Chief Deputy J. Smith, Cpl. N. Mines and Sgt. J. Muncy Thursday, June 15, after he attempted to sell 32 counterfeit silver coins and two counterfeit gold coins to Williamson Gun and Archery. The counterfeit coins included by United States and Canadian Currency.

Allegedly, the business contacted Chief Smith and stated that Jude was inside the business attempting to sell the fraudulent coins. The complaint further states that Jude told pawn shop employees that the coins were given to him by his grandfather and had been passed down through the generations.

Jude reportedly told law enforcement officers that he had purchased the counterfeit coins from China for $1.59 each. After receiving the coins, Jude allegedly visited numerous businesses in an attempt to sell the fake coins for $10 to $15 each.

A search of Jude at the time of arrest also allegedly revealed prescription medication. Jude allegedly had in his possession, five white pills and seven blue pills identified as Klonopin in a bottle prescribed to Vondy Jude.

After the arrest, Jude was transported to the Southwestern Regional Jail located in Holden, W.Va. and was arraigned before Mingo County Magistrate Donald Sansom. At this time, Jude is listed as a Pre Trial Felon and bail has been set at $5,000.

At the time of arrest, Jude possessed and had attempted to sell more than 10 counterfeit coins which according to West Virginia State Code is a felony offense. If convicted of this accusation, Jude could be sentenced to up to five years in a state penitentiary.

Counterfeiting is considered to be a felony offense under West Virginia State Code. If convicted of this accusation, Jude could be sentenced to confinement in a state penitentiary for up to ten years.

Information in this article was obtained by use of a criminal complaint which is public record. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and those named should be considered innocent until and unless proven guilty.