Man charged with passing counterfeit bills

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 17, 2012

Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, along with Charlotte investigators and the Secret Service, have charged a man with passing counterfeit bills to two auto parts dealers.
Milton McKnight faces numerous charges following an investigation that began Aug. 7, with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division. The division began investigating several counterfeit $50 and $100 bills being received at Matlock’s Used Cars and Parts on Cool Springs Road, Cleveland, and LKQ Auto Parts Business, Salisbury. The counterfeit bills were received at the business several times during August. During the course of the investigation, Detective C. Brown determined the bills were received from a business, Knight’s Auto in Charlotte. According to the report, the suspect, McKnight, would call and order parts from the Rowan County businesses and pay with counterfeit cash. Rowan detectives made contact with Charlotte investigators and the U.S. Secret Service, who together charged McKnight.
Warrants were obtained on McKnight for four counts of obtaining property by false pretense, and a search warrant was obtained for the Charlotte business, as well as McKnight’s home. Rowan County detectives joined Charlotte officers andsecret service agents, who together served the search warrants on Sept. 12. During the search, investigators located counterfeit money on McKnight’s person that matched the bills passed in Rowan County, and found counterfeit money at his house. McKnight was arrested and placed in the Mecklenburg County Jail under $15,000 secured bond. The investigation continues.