Deputies bust counterfeit money operation

Counterfeit money confiscated in Hoke County

July 28, 2011 7:58:04 PM PDT
The Hoke County Sheriff's Office and Raeford police busted a counterfeit money ring Thursday.

Deputies confiscated thousands of dollars, mostly in fake 20s.

Late Thursda, officers raided a home off of Highway 211, which is south of Raeford. Inside they found a simple, but lucrative operation that consisted of a laptop, scanners, color printers and high quality paper.

Raeford police say what began as an armed robbery investigation a couple of weeks ago, led to the raid.

Police arrested 43-year-old Ronald McCrary, 30-year-old Amanda McRae and 18-year-olds Tonyal and Jasmine Locklear.

Officers say the fake bills looked good to the naked eye. Investigators say the four suspects passed the counterfeit money at flea markets in Fayetteville and surrounding areas at small stores during busy times.

Investigators also say it appears the suspects had been doing this for some time but authorities do not know how much bad money was printed and passed around.

The suspects face robbery, kidnapping and conspiracy charges. Sheriff Hubert Peterkin expects they will face federal counterfeit charges as well.

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