Moyock, N.C. -
Moyock, N.C. - Two people have been arrested after deputies say they used a counterfeit bill at a store in Moyock.
It happened last week at The Ole Fox Equestrian and Dog Specialty Store on Caratoke Hwy.
The owner, Rose Thompson, says a couple tried to pay with a $100 bill, but it just didn't look right.
She checked it with a counterfeit detection pen and put it under UV light. It seemed to check out, so she took it and gave the couple $90 in change.
Thompson says she still wasn't convinced, though, so she took down their license plate just in case.
"I don’t know if it’s my background in law enforcement, but all these red flags kept coming up," said Thompson. She spent 15 years as a Virginia Beach police officer.
After they left, she checked the bill again and realized the watermark and security thread were those of a $10 bill instead of $100.
"Somehow they washed [the $10 bill] and then they reprinted it with the counterfeit hundred dollar on there," said Thompson.
She took action and called 911. A spokesperson for the Currituck Co. Sheriff's Office says a detective spotted the car and arrested the suspects, David A. Leon, 26, and Kaitlyn Leon, 26, of Chesapeake.
They're charged with: possess counterfeit instrument/currency/check, obtain property false pretense, forgery of instrument, uttering forged instrument and obtain property false pretense.
After investigating, deputies say they learned the suspects had also used a counterfeit bill at Chip's Wine and Beer as well.
Both are being held in jail. They declined our request for an interview.