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07/15/2015 11:17 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Woman Tells Police Obama Legalized Counterfeiting

Kingsport Police Dept.

When Pamela Downs was arrested for allegedly trying to pass counterfeit money, she supposedly gave the cops what she thought was a reasonable explanation: Obama made it legal.

Downs, 45, was arrested after an incident Sunday night when she allegedly gave a gas station employee in Kingsport, Tennessee, a suspicious-looking $5 bill.

The arresting officer noted that the curious currency appeared to have been printed on a home printer with two sides glued together, according to RawStory.com.

According to police, Downs said she had received the counterfeit cash from a gas station but never inspected it. After she consented to a search of her purse, the officer said he found a fake $100 bill printed in black and white. The back of the bill was upside down, according to the Kingsport Times-News.

The police allegedly found receipts from Walmart for a printer and copy paper. At that point, Downs was arrested and charged with counterfeiting, according to the paper.

Officers said when Downs was at the jail, she said that she had read online about a law that allowed people on fixed incomes to print their own money.

“I don’t give a ****, all these other b****** get to print money, so I can too,” she allegedly told police, according to CBS Washington.

Downs was apparently referring to a 2009 article entitled "Obama Wants Citizens to Print Their Own Money" from The Skunk, a news parody website that provides "Tasteless American Satire For The Ill-Informed."

Officers who searched Downs' home said they found counterfeit bills totaling between $30,000 to $50,000.

Downs is being held at the Sullivan County Jail, with a court date on Thursday.

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