Four Laurinburg residents were arrested this week as part of a counterfeiting ring that could reach into at least two other counties, according to Laurinburg police.
A report by the Laurinburg Police Department said the four city residents were arrested Tuesday while trying to use fake $100 bills at the Walmart store off US 401.
Those arrested include Jazmen Iesha Jones, 22, of the 200 block of McCallum Street; Korey Maurice McGirt, 26, of the 700 block of Spruce Street; Awyanna Blackmon, 25, of the 100 block of Bizzell Street; and Fairley Leo Pegues, 55, of the 7000 block of Aberdeen Road.
Police also arrested was Christopher Moore, 25, of the 400 block of Oriole Lane in Bennettsville, S.C.
According to the report, police were contacted at about 3:30 p.m. by workers at Walmart concerned that a woman was trying to buy items with a counterfeit $100 bill, police said.
Investigators learned that McGirt and Moore had driven the woman, identified as Jones, to the store, police said.
Police stopped the car with the men inside on U.S. 401 as it was leaving the area, Monroe said. Inside the vehicle, police say they found more counterfeit bills as well as items used to make fake bills, including a printer and a paper cutter.
Investigators viewed a surveillance video that showed Blackmon passing a counterfeit bill about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, the report said, and arrested her.
While investigators were working on the case, police received another call from Walmart about someone trying to pass a counterfeit bill, according to the report. Police then arrested Pegues.
Police said all the bills appear to have been manufactured using the same equipment.
The investigation has branched out to Rockingham and Raeford.
The five people were charged with multiple counts of forgery of an instrument, uttering a forged instrument and conspiracy. Bail was set at $6,000 for each of the five.