Bogus money case leads to search of St. Aug’s dorm suite

rgallagher@newsobserver.comApril 25, 2013 

Brian Keith Moore


— Wake Forest police, following up on charges that a man passed phony $50 bills to buy iTunes gift cards, searched a dormitory suite at St. Augustine's University on Tuesday and took a computer, data-storage equipment and other items, according to a search warrant returned to the Wake County Court Clerk’s office.

The suite in Lynch Hall, at 1315 Oakwood Ave., is used by Brian Moore, a student from Valdosta, Ga., the warrant states.

Moore has not been charged with anything, according to Wake County records.

The search stemmed from the April 18 arrest of Kyree Reginald Easter, 22, of Wilmington.

Wake Forest police and Raleigh police charged Easter with using four counterfeit $50 bills to buy two $100 iTunes cards three times at Target stores in the two communities.

Wake Forest police also charged Easter with attempting to do it a fourth time when they arrested him at the Target at 12000 Retail Drive.

Monday, Knightdale police charged that Easter exchanged counterfeit money for Target gifts cards there.

According to the search warrant that Detective T.A. Wallace got from a magistrate Monday, Easter told police that he was accompanied by a man named “B-Moe” who gave him the money and waited for him outside the stores.

The rest of the plan involved returning the cards to a different store to get legitimate money as a refund, Easter told Wallace.

The detective said Easter reported that he got $40 for each successful, two-part transaction.

Easter said he thought B-Moe was a student at St. Augustine’s or Shaw universities in Raleigh and might be an athlete who drove a GMC Yukon with Georgia license plates.

The U.S. Secret Service, which has authority in crimes involving counterfeit money, found a matching Yukon at St. Augustine’s and learned Moore’s name from university police, Wallace wrote.

Easter is being held in lieu of $240,100 bail on four counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, three counts of forgery, two counts of uttering a forged instrument and failing to appear in a court last year on a misdemeanor charge.

Gallagher 919-829-4572

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