UNCG Student Charged For Creating Counterfeit MoneyBy Staff Reporter, UniversityHerald Reporter
Symone Vannessa Brown, a 19-year-old at the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG), has been charged for possessing nearly $13,000 in fake money.
UNGC police officials arrested Brown when she allegedly attempted to buy a gift card with a forged $100 bill at the Walgreens on Spring Garden Street. The bottom corner of the bill read 'Moe Money' instead of the signature of the Secretary of the Treasury. Beneath the signature, the bill read 'Proprietor of the Counterfeiting.'
The store owner immediately called the police after realizing that the bill was an imitation. UNCG Police Chief Jamie Herring said that Brown was arrested when she returned to the store to recover the bill, USA Today reports.
Brown of Charlotte has been charged with one count each of Uttering a Forged Instrument, Forgery of Instrument, and Obtaining Property by False Pretense, all of which are felony charges.
UNCG police seized $12,882 (mostly $100s) of phony currency in her dorm room following Brown's arrest on Tuesday. Along with the money, officials also seized a desk jet printer, an ink cartridge, a Wells Fargo platinum card and a Bank of America debit card.
Herring said that the bogus $100 bills with 'Moe Money' signatures wouldn't have cheated store owners because they cross check every bill's authenticity. The backs of some of the seized notes read 001 instead 100 for $100 bills.
Currently, the Triad college student is placed in the Guilford County Jail under a $3,000 bond. Brown had her first court appearance Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Herring said that campus dining hall noticed five forged $20 bills. However, the investigators believe it was an unrelated incident.