On March 20, all charges against Thomas Bleming were dismissed thus ending a very traumatizing event for Bleming.
In the Dec. 25, 2013 issue of the Lusk Herald, it was reported that a total of five one hundred dollar bills were found in local businesses from the dates of Dec. 13 through Dec. 15. The bills were placed in conspicuous places in the businesses. The bills were then picked up by another party. Two attempts were made to pass the counterfeit bill for goods or services and one was successful. After reviewing the surveillance video from two of the targeted businesses, Bleming was identified at the locations of where two of the counterfeit bills were found. This provided enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant. On Dec. 19, Secret Service agents from Denver and Cheyenne arrived in Lusk to execute the search warrant with assistance from Lusk Police Department. Over $20 thousand in counterfeit $100 bills and coins were recovered and Thomas Bleming was arrested and charged with W.S.6-3-603 ai, Possession of forged writings; Possesses a writing knowing it is forged in a manner specified in W.S. 6-3-602 (a) (i) or (ii) and intending to utter or pass it to defraud another person, according to court records. It was reported that Bleming was “cooperative with the Secret Service agency during the interview process.”
In the Jan. 1, 2014 issue of the Lusk Herald, Bleming explained that his arrest for possessing counterfeit currency was a misunderstanding that is easily explained. While visiting Cambodia he was introduced to “Buddhist prayer money”. Bleming explained that they prayer money was used in ceremonies and celebrations of life or death and used to make people temporarily happy and joyous.
A statement released by Bleming’s attorney, Richard R. Jamieson, on his behalf states, “My Client Tom Bleming would like to thank the people of Lusk, Niobrara County Wyoming who have been supportive of him through this whole ordeal. Mr. Blemming would personally like to thank Ed Buchanan, Doyle Davies and the United States Attorneys’ Office for their professionalism in the handling of this whole matter. Mr. Blemming is looking forward to getting on with the rest of his life and putting this matter behind him. He wishes everybody in Lusk and Niobrara County a very prosperous future.”
For the complete article see the 04-09-2014 issue.
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