Edenton cops nab 2 with fake money


By Nicole Bowman-Layton
Chowan Herald

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

EDENTON — Edenton police seized $8,000 in counterfeit money Monday and arrested two men accused of trying to pass it off as the real thing.

According to a press release, police received a report Sunday that someone used counterfeit money to make a purchase at the Walgreen’s drugstore at 717 North Broad Street.

On Monday, a photo of the counterfeiting suspect was placed on the department’s Facebook Page. Based on tips from two citizens, police later that day arrested two men recently out of jail who were living at a transitional house on Carteret Street.

Hikeem Cooper, 25, of New Jersey, is charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense and felony possession of counterfeit instrument/currency. He’s being held at the Chowan County Jail in lieu of a $15,000 secured bond.

Dontae Allen, 19, of Kinston, was charged with felony possession of a counterfeit instrument. He’s being held at the jail in lieu of a $10,000 secured bond.

“The Edenton community stepped up and answered the call,” Chief Henry King said in the press release. “It’s because of two citizens who used the concept of ‘see something, say something’ that the Edenton police were able to make two arrests.”

Besides arresting the two men, Edenton police seized a total of $8,000 in counterfeit money, King said.

More charges may be pending against Cooper and Allen because both were on probation at the time they’re accused of passing counterfeit money, King said.

The U.S. Secret Service assisted Edenton police with the investigation, King said. King said Special Agent Crowder, who is based in Raleigh, will be monitoring the case closely as law enforcement researches all of the counterfeit bills seized.

Business owners can buy devices to detect counterfeit money, King said. “The Safescan 185-S is a great tool to ensure you don’t receive counterfeit money,” he said.

Contact Nicole Bowman-Layton at nlayton@ncweeklies.com.