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Denton couple arrested in East Texas

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By Megan Gray / Staff Writer

A Denton couple were arrested in Bowie County this week in connection with the passing of counterfeit money, officials said.

Bowie County Sheriff’s Capt. Jerl Palmore said Shelley Samansky, 49, and Kenneth Samansky, 54, were booked into the Bi-State Jail in Texarkana on Tuesday on forgery charges in connection with the passing of a counterfeit $100 bill to a business owner to purchase lottery tickets.

“They handed the bill over to pay and the business owner handed it back and said the money was fake,” Palmore said during an interview Friday morning. “The couple then left the store and the business owner followed them down the road and called 911.”

The incident began on U.S. Highway 59 South and ended at a parking lot in Nash after law enforcement approached from two directions.

“The woman ran into the store and began flushing the bills down the toilet and throwing them away in the bathroom trash,” Palmore said.

At least 27 counterfeit $100 bills were confiscated from the scene, he said.

While there doesn’t appear to be a Denton County connection other than the two being residents, officials said they are looking at other counterfeit cases in Texarkana to which the pair could be linked.

The U.S. Secret Service is involved in the case and a full investigation is underway to track any other bills that might have been passed.

Kenneth Samansky posted bail and was released from jail on Thursday, Palmore said. Shelley Samansky remained in jail Friday morning on a $10,000 bond.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.