Housekeeper finds $1,600 in fake cash at Springfield hotel

Springfield police said the hotel room's previous guests were arrested Sunday night.

Posted: Dec 10, 2019 6:37 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A housekeeper at a Springfield hotel discovered $1,600 in fake $20 bills on Monday, according to police.

Springfield police said the hotel's room previous guests were arrested Sunday night.

Kara Ellingworth, a housekeeper at the Guest House Inn and Suites, said on Monday she was in the hotel room cleaning and packing up the previous guests' belongings who were arrested the day before when she discovered the cash. At first, she thought it was real.

"I went to open a backpack and put their belongings back in the backpack, and I found two envelopes full of $20 bills," said Ellingworth.

Ellingworth said after finding the counterfeit money, they contacted police.

Springfield police said Michelle McGill, 38, Scott Wille 41, and Jemma Funk, 45, were arrested after being stopped in the hotel's parking lot.

They said all three had warrants. Willie and Funk were are also accused of providing false information to police, and McGill also allegedly had heroin.

Police said they are not sure who had the fake money, and the case has been forward on to the Lane County District Attorney's office.

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