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Holly Springs cop accused of making phony money

Posted August 12, 2008 1:58 p.m. EDT
Updated August 12, 2008 11:41 p.m. EDT

— A Holly Springs police officer was arrested Monday night and charged with forging cash, Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said Tuesday.

Bruce Renard Green was charged with uttering a forged instrument, forgery of notes, checks and other securities, and felony obtaining property by false pretenses.

Green, 29, of 805 Nightshade Way in Raleigh, resigned Tuesday from his position with the Holly Spring police, a town spokesman said. He had been with the force for more than two years and had been assigned as a resource officer for elementary and middle schools.

“Obviously it is the last thing you want to hear. (I'm) very disappointed,” Holly Springs Police Chief John Herring said.

According to court documents, Green used $300 worth of counterfeit $20 bills to pay for escort services. The alleged escort services took place at the Econo Lodge, 2641 Appliance Court in Raleigh.

"We don't have any reason to believe that anything of this nature occurred while he was on duty or within the town of Holly Springs,” Herring said.

The U.S. Secret Service worked with Raleigh police in the investigation, which began after an individual attempted to use a counterfeit bill on Aug. 5. City detectives and federal agents then tracked the bill back to Green.

"We will continue to work with federal authorities," Sughrue said. "If federal charges appear to be more appropriate, they could supplant the state charges."

The person who tried to use the counterfeit bill has not been identified or arrested.

A man claiming to be Green's pastor answered the door at his house Tuesday evening. He said there would be no comment on the charges.

Herring said Green was an excellent officer and well-liked. He said the allegations should not be a reflection of the department or its officers.

"This is one person. It was one former member. The information that I have is that this is an isolated incident. It doesn't involve anyone else (or) any other members of this department,” he said.

Green was arraigned Tuesday and released from jail on a $10,000 bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 3.