Maples arrested in Caryville for using counterfeit money

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By Charlotte Underwood

Gary Maples may have been searching for a comedy, but his money was no laughing matter.

On Jan. 13, Caryville Detective Stephanie Smith was dispatched to the Caryville Pawnshop when it appeared possible counterfeit $20 bills had been used, according to the Caryville Police report. Upon arriving at the pawnshop, Smith spoke with the store employee who said Maples, 61, of Maynardville, had tried to purchase DVDs with a fake $20, the arrest report said. The employee said that she checked the first $20 and the mark turned brown indicating that it was fake. Maples then handed her another $20, which also allegedly proved to be fake, according to the arrest report. The employee then asked Maples to wait while she went into the back office where she immediately called the police.

After arriving, Smith had Maples step out of the pawnshop. She noticed he had more money in his hand, which all turned out to be counterfeit, according to Smith’s report. Maples was in possession of eight counterfeit $20 bills equaling $160. Maples was searched and arrested. Smith allegedly found a large pocketknife and a loaded magazine belonging to a .40 Glock with hollow point bullets on Maples. Maples indicated that the gun was in his vehicle, the arrest report said. Deputies Freddy White and Ken Daughtery found the .40 Glock 23 series wrapped in a towel in the console of the driver’s seat.

Smith then obtained Maples identification card, which stated that it for identification only; Maples was a DUI offender, the report said. At this point, Maples said “I know I shouldn’t have drove here but I wanted to get some DVDs,” the report said. Maples denied having knowledge that the money was counterfeit. He said his wife had given him the cash the night before and she must have gotten it from a bank or something, according to the report.

Maples was charged with criminal simulation, use of counterfeit mark/logo, passing a worthless instrument and fifth offense driving on a revoked license. Maples was held on $1,000 bond until he was released on Jan. 15.

The United States Secret Service was contacted and opened an investigation into the counterfeit money, Smith said.