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Former Johnston County Teacher Arrested for Making Fake Money

Posted December 11, 2007
Updated December 12, 2007

— A former teacher once charged in a murder-for hire plot is accused of printing $200,000 of fake money.

Marcia Grimsley was a Johnston County elementary school teacher and is the widow of a powerful man in state politics. Her late husband, Joe, was an advisor to former Gov. Jim Hunt. Joe Grimsley died in 2001.

In 2004, she was charged in a murder-for-hire plot.

Recently, Clayton police stopped her car after getting a tip from an informant. In its trunk, officers said, they found large sums of counterfeit currency.

“Ms. Grimsley had tried to obtain someone's services, had actually retained their services, and tried to make payment using counterfeit money,” said detective Nancy Harvey with the Clayton Police Department.

Police believe Grimsley was printing the counterfeit money by herself. They seized a computer, printer and fiber printing paper from her house.

“In a way, I'm quite surprised because this is supposed to be a pretty good neighborhood,” neighbor Bob Capps said.

“Some of it could have been perceived as actual money, but the further you delved into the money, you could tell it was genuinely counterfeit,” Harvey said.

Virginia authorities accused Grimsley of trying to help her son, David, hire a hit man to kill his wife in 2004. He is serving a life sentence for that crime.

Authorities later agreed to drop all charges against her because she had severe health problems. They also issued a protective order to keep her away from her daughter-in-law and grandchildren.

In 2005, Grimsley told WRAL she and her son were innocent.

“I believe my son will be exonerated. I know I'm going to be,” Grimsley said.

Grimsley is out of jail on bond on the latest charge.

Police are working with the U.S. Secret Service because of the large sum of fake currency.


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  • FragmentFour Dec 12, 2007

    Strange tale on two counts. 1) Why the Secret Service and not the Treasury Department? Did the roles switch here? 2) Those severe health issues six years ago didn't seem to slow her down for long. The DA's Office may need to re-evaluate its definition of "severe."

  • NCJB Dec 12, 2007

    Rev. RB,

    I am not the one who brought up race. Read the rest of the posts.
    I only respond to racist posts that have already been made.

  • Adelinthe Dec 12, 2007

    NCJB - "Well I guess all white people can commit crimes and get of with a slap on the wrist."

    Ya had to play the race card, didn't you.

    This isn't about race. It's about an evil woman leading her son astray and costing him the rest of his natural life in prison.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Like that Dec 12, 2007

    Last time I checked inmates in NC prisons has free medical care. What medical condition is so severe that the state can't pay to treat? The state treats HIV, Cancer, TB, STD's, Tumors, Fractures, Poor minorities, Middle class messes, Stupidity, Ignorance and all that. Bring us your poor, hungry, unhealthy, non compliant masses. Who she was got her out of the NC charges years ago, the feds don't care who you are, who you know, what he did, or any of that good ol' NC forgivatism. She's got the right one now!

  • NCJB Dec 12, 2007

    "Authorities later agreed to drop all charges against her because she had severe health problems."

    That's a crock. She got off because her husband was the governor's adviser. It all boils down to who you know and how much money you have.

  • NCJB Dec 12, 2007

    0 Tolerance aka Ms.Turner,

    I'm not mad at you. If I was I would have directed the comment to you. I apologize for mis-interpreting your remark.

  • 0 Tolerance aka Ms.Turner Dec 12, 2007

    Hey...don't get mad at me, I didn't go there someone else did. But seeing she was able to get off from Muder for Hire...she knows how to do something right to get off. As a former educator, imagine how youg people will look at this.

  • NCJB Dec 12, 2007

    Well I guess all white people can commit crimes and get of with a slap on the wrist. That is the most ignorant thing I have ever heard. If she gets off, it will not be because she is white, it will be because of how much money she has. And she obviously has no money or else she would not be counterfeiting. OJ got off because he had the money to pay the attorneys, and HE IS GUILTY!

  • DayumKrazy1 Dec 12, 2007

    Johnston County has produced some real winners this year...if you look back on all the reported events involving crime its kind of alarming, the behavior and funny none of it is about running shine..something I would expect from those good 'ol boys.

  • rmgirl Dec 12, 2007

    Yeah, they are all innocent...