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Counterfeit charge made against woman

By Kathy Jefcoats

McDonough police arrested a Stockbridge woman they say they caught in the act of making her own money, and seized sheets of counterfeit $100 bills from her home.

Patricia Gail Kinsler, 35, of North Chimney Smoke Drive, is charged with first degree forgery and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, said McDonough Police Chief Preston Dorsey.

Friday morning, Henry Magistrate Robert Godwin set a $10,000 bond for Kinsler's release. She has been held in the Henry County Jail since her Jan. 24 arrest.

Officers also confiscated a quarter-ounce of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, a color copier and computer from her home, Dorsey said.

"Our officers, assisted by the Henry County Police Services SWAT team, executed a search warrant at her home and found her making money on the copy machine when we got there," he said.

The county police participated in the 2:40 a.m. search because the home is located outside the city limits of McDonough.

Dorsey said officers got information that Kinsler was making money and using methamphetamine, gathering enough evidence for the search warrant.

"Counterfeit $20 bills began turning up at local businesses," he said. "And we had information she was involved."

Dorsey said the U.S. Secret Service was contacted about the arrest but the city police are proceeding with the investigation on their own.

"We contacted them but they are letting us handle it for right now," said Dorsey. There could be additional charges, he added, citing the ongoing investigation.