Reports: Counterfeit cash passed at two more EC biz


By Chris Day
Multimedia Editor

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Counterfeit bills are popping up around Elizabeth City, as police are investigating at least two more instances of fake money being passed at local businesses. 

In both cases, the fake bills were passed on Saturday at different Food Lion grocery stores, according to the Elizabeth City Police Department incident reports.

The first was reported just after 7 p.m. after employees at the Food Lion in the former Farm Fresh location on Hughes Boulevard discovered the fake bills. The police report states that two males and a female passed $200 in counterfeit $20 bills, each apparently with the same 11-digit serial number, MB13937756K. 

The second incident was reported shortly after 9 p.m. after employees at the Food Lion on Ehringhaus Street discovered the fake bills. The police report states an unknown suspect passed $100 in fake $20 bills, each apparently with the same serial number as before, MB13937756K. 

Food Lion is not the only Elizabeth City business in recent days to be targeted by people passing counterfeit bills. Police also responded Jan. 5 to a report of someone passing nearly $600 in counterfeit money at the CVS Pharmacy on Ehringhaus Street.

According to a police report, someone passed $560 in fake 20 dollar bills for two Netspend cards, one bottle of Nyquil and one Vanilla reload card. Vanilla and Netspend are both prepaid cards that can be used like Visa or Mastercard credit cards. 

The report states that a CVS employee discovered the fake money near closing time at around 9:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4.  

On Tuesday, a spokesman for the ECPD said all three cases were still under investigation and there was nothing more to report. 

The statement was in response to a reporter’s questions in an email. Those questions asked if all three cases were related and if the ECPD planned to seek outside law enforcement assistance in its investigation.