By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: October 8, 2018 | 2:50 p.m.
SUSSEX – Quick action may have deterred an influx of counterfeit money into Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina according to Sussex County VA Sheriff Ernest Giles.
“What happened,” Sheriff Giles said this week, “was that once you put the information out there, it deterred whoever was trying to get these items in the area. The word got out so quickly it just stopped it cold.”
The story began last month when Sheriff Giles placed a call to the Sussex Surry Dispatch trying to spread an urgent notification of an imminent, large influx of counterfeit bills headed for the area. He said that although he had only learned of the situation an hour prior to the call, they had already recovered hundreds, fifties, and twenties, plus sources indicated that there were to be tens as well and possibly fives. He was seeking help to get the word out to all area businesses and individuals to carefully check their bills and to contact law enforcement officials immediately if they spotted any counterfeit money – and to let the counterfeiters know that law enforcement officials were aware of the situation.
Following the call, several Womack Publishing newspapers – The Sussex Surry Dispatch, both online and in print, The Independent Messenger and The Lake Gaston Gazette Observer – immediately got the word out. On a follow up call this week, Giles expressed his appreciation for the quick action.
“This was a big plus for us,” Giles said. “It’s so much better to stop it before it gets out there than us being out here fighting it. I just don’t have the words for how much we appreciate your help. You just stopped it cold.”