Crime Trackers

Jan 3, 2014 9:46 PM by Lupita Murillo

Woman admits to passing off fake $100 bills

TUCSON - A convicted felon pleaded guilty in Federal Court Friday to passing off fake $100 bills at local businesses.

The News4 Tucson's Crime Trackers brought you the story back in October.

Tiffany Brennan was facing 13 counts of passing the counterfeit cash. 13 separate businesses were allegedly hit between May and October.

There was surveillance video, of a woman, matching her description shown on News4 Tucson. Within weeks, Brennan turned herself in.

Shackled and wearing prison red, the 44-year-old Brennan walked into the third floor court room and admitted to Federal Magistrate Leslie Bowman, to drug possession and passing counterfeit $100 bills.

When News 4 Tucson's Crime Trackers uncovered her crime spree, Brennan was known for wearing purple scrubs and was caught on camera multiple times. Her attorney Brad Roach says, "She was heavily addicted to meth. She has been addicted almost her entire life. And even though she has been in the criminal justice system she has never received any treatment."

Brennan, agreed to plead guilty to three of the counterfeit charges. Her attorney says, "Once she got off drugs, one of the first things she told me was how bad she felt about ripping off the individual clerks and deceiving them so she wants to pay them back."

One of those clerks, Talia Sanders a volunteer for the Tucson Girls Chorus. Brennan showed up and took money from the Pumpkin Patch, which was a fundraiser for girls who can't afford the tuition. Sanders tells News4 Tucson's Crime Trackers she's glad she admitted her guilt, and that she will be paying back those she wronged.

Brennan will be back in federal court in March that's when a judge will sentence her. She's facing 2 to 2 1/2 years in prison followed by supervised probation.

Her attorney adds, "We're just hoping she gets treatment this time and this will be the last time."

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