Western Kentucky University women's basketball player Arnika Brown was arrested over the weekend in her hometown of Hopkinsville. Police reports allege she used counterfeit money to make purchases there on Saturday.
She's charged with 11 counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument First Degree (all Class C felonies) and five counts of Theft by Deception Under $300 (all Class A misdemeanors). She was jailed and then released from Christian County jail Saturday night on a $120,000 surety bond. She'll be arraigned in Christian District Court on Wednesday morning.
According to Hopkinsville police, Brown said she was with another person using counterfeit money on Saturday and said she had been in possession of five counterfeit $100 bills but had thrown them away.
"We are aware of the charges against Arnika Brown and treat this matter very seriously. We are handling this internally while awaiting further information. We will have no further comment at this time," WKU associate athletic director/communications Todd Stewart said In a statement released by the university.
Brown was Sun Belt freshman of the year last season for WKU, averaging 10.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game after becoming eligible at midseason. She came to WKU after originally signing with Kentucky out of Christian County High School, where she earned Kentucky Miss Basketball honors as a senior in 2006.