A 28-year-old Raleigh man had come up with a way, with the unwitting help of Target, to turn funny money into the real thing, but Raleigh police vetoed his ingenuity with a series of arrest warrants they served Wednesday.
Curtis Stuart Scarborough Jr., 28, was in custody already when Raleigh police served the warrants that charged him with three counts of having five or more counterfeit instruments and three counts of obtaining property by false pretense.
The scheme, according to the charges, used a printing technique to make real $5 bills look like $50 bills.
Police charged that Scarborough went to Target stores on Dec. 29, Jan. 6 and Jan. 16 and used the phony fifties to buy things.
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The same day or soon after, the charges said, Scarborough returned the item he purchased and got a refund in real cash.
In one case, the charges said, he added $31.18 in real currency to 14 bogus $50 bills to buy something that cost $731.18. The other cases involved using 14 counterfeit $50 bills to pay for something priced at $676 and using five of the $50s to pay for a $224 item.
Police had sworn out the warrants charging Scarborough on July 25. Scarborough was in custody because he had been arrested Feb. 8 by Garner police on a forgery accusation and charged Feb. 22 with uttering a forged instrument.
A magistrate set Scarborough’s bail on the latest charges at $100,000.
Scarborough was brought to the Wake County Detention Center on Wednesday from a state prison, where he has been serving sentences for a 2013 assault with a deadly weapon in Guilford County and obtaining property by false pretense in Wake County last January.