- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Mississippi woman and her son are accused in a scheme to launder counterfeit cash at two Walmarts in Louisiana by buying computer software and returning it, authorities said.

The mother, son and a third unidentified suspect went to a Walmart on Jan. 23 and bought software worth $230, Kenner police Lt. Brian McGregor said. They paid with counterfeit $20 bills, he said.

They drove to a second Walmart where the mother, Jamise Butler, 36, tried to return the purchased software for real money, McGregor said. Her son, 20-year-old Anthony Walker, and another man tried to buy more software with more phony bills.

“Some store workers became suspicious when they realized the software had been purchased minutes earlier,” McGregor said.

The group got away before police arrived at the store and authorities later located the mother and son in Jackson, Mississippi, where the mother is from. They were booked on charges of money laundering, attempted money laundering and 35 counts of monetary instrument abuse.

Butler and Walker were being held Thursday at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center. Bond for Butler was set at $97,500 while Walker’s bond was $185,000.

Online jail records did not list an attorney them.

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