Police: Congressional staffer arrested with counterfeit money at Browns game

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

39- year-old Veronica Brownlee (accused of Counterfeit)

CLEVELAND- An Ohio congressional staffer appeared in Cleveland Municipal Court Tuesday morning after police said they caught her with counterfeit money at Sunday’s Browns game. 

39-year-old Veronica Brownlee, of Columbus, was arrested at First Energy Stadium after police found phony hundred dollar bills stuffed inside her shirt, coat pocket, sock and glove. 

A beer vendor told investigators Brownlee was with a man who paid for his drink with a hundred dollar bill. 

Brownlee told police she had no idea the money being carried by her male companion, 39-year-old Arion Robinson, was fake. 

The 39-year-old Columbus woman is quoted by investigators as saying “Robinson handed her a wad of money and told her to hold it.” 

Brownlee claimed Robinson, also of Columbus, told her to put the counterfeit money in her shirt because “they” couldn’t check her. 

She told police she tried to destroy the money because she was scared.

Brownlee works in the Columbus office  of Ohio Congresswoman Joyce Beatty from Franklin County.

Both she and Robinson have entered not guilty pleas to a charge of criminal simulation.