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Colorado man charged with using phony money in Triangle

Posted March 5, 2013

— A Colorado Springs man has been charged with trying to use counterfeit $100 bills to rent a Cary hotel room and buy a car in Apex, police said Tuesday.

Adrian Lewis, 29, is charged with financial identity fraud, obtaining property by false pretense, attempting to obtain property by false pretense, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of five or more counterfeit instruments. He is being held in the Wake County jail.

Investigators said a man tried to rent a room at the La Quinta Inn at 191 Crescent Commons Drive in Cary on Feb. 26 with counterfeit money but was turned away by the hotel clerk. The next morning, a pedestrian found a black backpack behind the hotel, which led Cary police to identify Lewis as the suspected counterfeiter.

Police in Denver said he was wanted in Colorado on drug charges and was believed to be in possession of a stolen car and other stolen property, authorities said.

Last Friday, Cary police located the stolen vehicle, a blue Volkswagen Jetta, in the parking lot of the Walmart at 2010 Kildaire Farm Road. Shortly after that, Apex police notified investigators that a man tried to buy a vehicle from an Apex resident using counterfeit $100 bills.

Lewis was taken into custody at the Red Roof Inn at 1800 Walnut St. in Cary, where numerous counterfeit bills in various denominations were recovered, police said.

The case remains under investigation, and anyone with information is asked to call the Cary Police Department at 919-469-4012 or Cary Crime Stoppers at 919-226-2746.


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  • Uhavenoclu Mar 5, 2013

    So money is only good if a select few tells us it is good??????Do you always allow others to tell you how to live and control your lives???????????????????????
    People have power over government not the other way around.

  • grimreaper Mar 5, 2013

    "If a hotel clerk can spot phony bills, these must have been some pretty bad fakes. --Obamacare rises

    Everybody suspects 100's and telling they are fake is trivial...100's used to be the only thing they faked...now 5's are the big one...

  • grimreaper Mar 5, 2013

    Wow, somehow HIS printed money is somehow different than our GOVERNMENT's printed money...hard to believe...neither is backed by anything any more...we cannot even tax back what we owe...sad...but hey, the Obamas can have pizza flown in from Chicago...so we got that going for us...which is nice...

  • Obamacare rises Mar 5, 2013

    If a hotel clerk can spot phony bills, these must have been some pretty bad fakes.

    Sign this guy up for America's dumbest criminals.