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A Brunswick County woman is about to have her day in court after being charged with possession of counterfeit money.
Luann Thomason Simmons, 43, faces charges of felony possession of five or more counterfeit instruments. She will appear in Brunswick County court on Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Simmons was arrested and charged on Sept. 7, 2012, following several months of investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Fraud Unit and the U.S. Secret Service.
According to BCSO, Litta Bitta Everything, a consignment and resale store on Holden Beach Road in Supply, contacted the BCSO after receiving a counterfeit $100 bill in August 2012.
In September 2012, Litta Bitta Everything received a second counterfeit $100 bill. That day, store employees detained a customer trying to use the counterfeit money and then contacted law enforcement.
When deputies arrived, they say Simmons was in possession of $1,600 in counterfeit currency.
Officials say Simmons found the currency in a home in the Supply community. She was an in-home caretaker for two disabled adults who lived in the home.
The investigation did not reveal a source or printer for the currency but about $73,800 in counterfeit currency was recovered.