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Man accused of counterfeiting Papa John's coupons

Posted July 18, 2008

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— Greenville police are searching for a Wake Forest man accused of counterfeiting coupons for Papa John's Pizza and selling them in 20 cities in central and eastern North Carolina.

Investigators said that Terry Randall Hirneisen, 41, of 528 Young Forest Drive, produced at least 500 sheets, each with 28 counterfeit Papa John's coupons, between July 3 and July 17.

Hirneisen told victims that he was selling the coupons for a fund-raising effort, police said. He sold the sheets at $10 a piece, according to authorities.

Investigators said they have identified at least two victims.

Hirneisen allegedly sold the counterfeit coupons in Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale, Smithfield, Clayton, Rocky Mount, Goldsboro, Sanford, Wilson, Roanoke Rapids, Henderson, Clinton and Dunn. Cities closer to the coast include New Bern, Jacksonville, Morehead City, Havelock, Beaufort, Winterville and Washington.

The counterfeit coupons are marked with RMD Marketing Inc. in the lower right-hand corner of the back side of the sheet. A telephone number is printed to the right of RMD Marketing Inc. but that number is no longer in service.

If anyone believes they were sold the counterfeit coupons, they should contact the law enforcement agency for the area in which the were coupons were sold. Victims should provide the counterfeit sheet to law enforcement.

Hirneisen faces a felony charge of obtaining property by false pretense.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call Crime Stoppers at 252-758-7777. Callers to Crime Stoppers never have to identify themselves.

Hirneisen was placed on probation in January after being convicted of possession of drugs in Durham County, according to state Department of Correction officials. He was convicted of passing a worthless check in Washington state in 1988.

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  • TStills Jul 21, 2008

    Wow. A veritable coupon empire crumbles. They should search this high-rollers place for vending machine slugs and stolen gumball machines.

  • Scarecrow Cow Jul 18, 2008

    Good point, parr! I get at least $100 in Papa John's coupons every week in the newspaper. It's unbelievable. My coupon drawer is stuffed with them. I don't know who is more pathetic, the guy who's going to jail for printing counterfeit pizza coupons or the people duped into buying them.

  • bs101fly Jul 18, 2008

    if you had chosen to go with Pizza Hut this would have NEVER made the news!!!

  • parr4246 Jul 18, 2008

    why but coupons when they come in the mail for free..........???

  • gtfo Jul 18, 2008

    strike 3? really?

    you do know you can be convicted of writing a worthless check for bouncing a check at the grocery store right before you move? and drug possession? it doesn't even say what kind of drugs, he could have had a tiny bit of marijuana. regardless there is no "three strike" policy in north carolina

    if it were up to some of you everyone would be in jail for everything lol

  • PTA mom Jul 18, 2008

    This is why I only buy things from my neighbors as they go door to door and NEVER from any of the others that come through my neighborhood regularly.

    I agree with colliedave- this is strike #3!

  • colliedave Jul 18, 2008

    Hirneisen was placed on probation in January after being convicted of possession of drugs in Durham County, according to state Department of Correction officials. He was convicted of passing a worthless check in Washington state in 1988.

    should he be convicted of this charge, does this mean he falls into the "three strikes and you are out" category? He must love the prison life, cause it looks as if he is going to be spending considerable time in the pokey.