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Police find $14,000 hidden in shoes

SUTTON — West Virginia State Police found more than $14,000 hidden under the insoles of shoes found in the back of a broken down vehicle Wednesday.

Senior Trooper L.D. Mohr of the Sutton detachment said police had stopped to assist the driver, James Thomas Coleman, 22.

Coleman was arrested and charged with forgery, providing false information and obstructing an officer after police said he gave them two fake names during the traffic stop.

Coleman gave the names “Chris Smith” and “Jerome Gooch,” according to police. He then signed his sister’s name during processing, according to Mohr.

“He gave me a couple different stories,” Mohr said. “He really has no good explanation where the money came from.”

State Police determined that Coleman was wanted in Charleston on a delivery of a controlled substance charge.

Coleman’s address was listed as East Lansing, Michigan, but he told officers he lives in Charleston, Mohr said.

“He actually laughed and said, ‘I just signed my sister’s name on the receipt,’ which is a forgery charge,” Mohr said.

The incident happened on Interstate 79 near the Frametown exit in Braxton County.

Coleman was being held at the Central Regional Jail on $10,000 bail Thursday.


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