NAGS HEAD, N.C. (WAVY) – The Nags Head Police Department helped stop a suspected serial counterfeiter.

A coordinated response between the Patrol and Criminal Investigation divisions led to the suspect being taken into custody Monday.

The investigation found that the suspect hit at least 17 businesses in Nags Head alone and always used counterfeit $100 bills to make small purchases, to get as much change back as possible, police said.

This same individual passed the fake bills in multiple jurisdictions in North and South Carolina, before Nags Head Police tracked the person down at the Outlets at Nags Head on June 5 after receiving a call from a business there. The caller said they had just received a counterfeit bill. Officers responded and located the suspect and took her into custody.

Police identified her as 46-year-old Matoka Springs, of Charlotte. She is being held at Dare County Detention Center on two counts of obtaining property by false pretense. Additional charges are pending.

Matoka Springs (Photo courtesy: Nags Head Police)

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