St. Aug’s student charged with scheme to pass bogus money at Target stores

rgallagher@newsobserver.comApril 29, 2013 

Brian Keith Moore

WAKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

— Police on Sunday added more than a dozen felony charges to their case against a St. Augustine’s University student who they say passed counterfeit $50 bills at area Target stores.

Brian Keith Moore, 21, was scheduled to be in court Monday to face the new allegations.

He was being held in the Wake County Detention Center when police filed new arrest warrants Sunday night.

Some of the new charges push the case back into February after earlier charges against Moore and Kyree Reginald Easter of Wilmington involved visits to Target stores only in April.

The warrants filed Sunday say Moore went to Targets on Feb. 4, 5, 13, 15 and 16, and April 12 and 16 to pass phony $50 bills.

The stores involved in the charges were 4841 Grove Barton Road, 7900 Old Wake Forest Road and 4191 The Circle at North Hills, the warrants say.

Altogether, the warrants filed Sunday cite nine counts of possessing a counterfeit instrument, 10 counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and two counts of conspiracy with Easter.

Last week, police charged Moore with two counts of forgery, three counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of uttering a forged instrument, arrest records show.

Raleigh police also filed new charges against Easter on Sunday, saying he bought a $100 iTunes card with two phony $50s at the North Hills store on April 6 and two cards with four bills on April 10.

Tuesday morning, Wake Forest police had searched Moore’s suite in Lynch Hall at 1315 Oakwood Ave in connection with the case against Easter, who already was accused of passing phony $50s to buy iTunes cards at Target stores in Wake Forest and Raleigh.

A search warrant said the plan was to return the cards for a refund, getting legitimate money, and that Easter said he got $40 for each successful purchase and refund.

Sunday’s charges allege that until Feb. 16, Moore was using a single $50 bill and “redeeming U.S. currency from the transaction.”

That day, the charges first mention the iTunes cards.

Moore was being held Monday on a total bail of $325,000.

Easter’s total bail stood at $310,100.

Gallagher 919-829-4572

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