Gwinnett woman swindled out of van with counterfeit bills

by: Rachel Stockman Updated:

Regiane Neto said she called the Lawrenceville police minutes after she realized the money she got was all counterfeit. But by then the thieves were long gone, and so was her van.

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - A Gwinnett County woman says she tried selling her van on Craigslist and ended up with hundreds in counterfeit cash.

Regiane Neto told Channel 2's Rachel Stockman that she called the Lawrenceville police minutes after she realized the money she got was all counterfeit. But by then the thieves were long gone, and so was her van.

Neto put her van on Craigslist, listing it for about $1,000. She was going to use the money from the sale to help pay her family's medical expenses.

"I was crying so much because I am thinking, 'I need the money and what am I going to say to my husband? How did this happen?'" Neto said.

She admitted she made a mistake by telling the potential Craigslist buyers to come to her Lawrenceville home.

When they arrived, they test drove the van and inspected it.

"Something is wrong, but what can I do? I can't do anything – I'm alone, I have a baby" Neto said. "When I got the money, I knew something was strange when I put in the light. I didn't see the mark."

Police collected $970 in counterfeit bills and entered her 1990 model van in their system as stolen.



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