By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A Belknap County prosecutor told the court Tuesday that Belmont Police had found counterfeiting equipment in July in the house where a woman arrested for trying to pass false money over the weekend was staying.
Melinda McDonald was charged with receiving stolen property and is scheduled to appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division in September.
McDonald, 35, whose address is listed as transient, was in Superior Court on Tuesday for a bail hearing. She told the court that she wanted to be released on personal recognizance bail so she could live with her mother in Concord and go to drug rehab.
Represented by attorney Ted Barnes, McDonald argued that McDonald's co-defendent, Kyle Joyce, 30, who is also transient, was released on personal recognizance bail and his alleged conduct is at least as involved as hers.
Arguing for continuing $2,000 cash or corporate surety bail, Assistant County Attorney Adam Wood said McDonald has multiple recent convictions welfare fraud and hindering apprehension for giving police a false name.
He said she appeared in the 6th Circuit Court, Franklin Division Tuesday morning for a shoplifting charge and has a second court appearance scheduled in Concord District for a similar charge.
Wood said the most recent forgery charges show she has allegedly found another printer or way of creating counterfeit money.
Additionally, Concord Police confirmed Tuesday that McDonald pleaded guilty to one count of theft in April.
Judge Amy Ignatius said she was not comfortable releasing McDonald on personal recognizance bail because of her recent and recurring encounters with multiple law enforcement agencies.
She ordered McDonald continue to be held on $2,000 cash or corporate surety bail.
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