A Charlotte homeless man was arrested and charged with passing counterfeit $100 bills at retailers in eastern Lincoln County.
The bills were hard to detect, sheriff’s Capt. Tim Johnson said.
“It is the best counterfeit money I have seen,” he said.
On Friday, deputies responded to the Rite Aid Pharmacy at 108 South N.C. 16 Business about a man who’d bought two $500 gift cards with 10 counterfeit $100 bills.
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The man was described as white, with a beard, navy shirt and cargo pants. He used a cane to help him walk.
Deputies found the man at a nearby fast-food restaurant and took him in custody. Deputies recovered the two gift cards, two Rite Aid receipts and 11 $100 bills from the man.
All of the bills had different serial numbers, Johnson said.
Earlier, someone used counterfeit money to try to buy gift cards at the Walgreens at 7385 N.C. 73 in Denver, N.C. Management had received emails from Walgreens in Belmont, Shelby and Gastonia with the description of the same man trying to buy merchandise with counterfeit money.
Dannie Ray Pope, 40, who lists his address as “Homeless, Charlotte, NC,” was arrested and charged with obtaining property by false pretenses, attempt to obtain property by false pretenses and possession of five-plus counterfeit instruments.
Pope was jailed on $25,000 bail.