Man arrested in Boykins for passing counterfeit money

Published 8:35 am Wednesday, August 11, 2010

BOYKINS—An Emporia man accused of passing counterfeit bills in Brunswick County was arrested in Boykins.

Eric Silvester Rhodes, 27, was arrested July 27 during a traffic stop.

“On May 22, he passed several counterfeit bills at a nightclub in our jurisdiction,” said Brunswick County Sheriff Brian Roberts.

Roberts said Rhodes passed more fake bills in July at a mini-mart and again at a Walmart in Emporia.

Sgt. Wanda Covington, spokeswoman for Southampton County Sheriff’s Office, said Det. Mark Turner received information from Greensville County Sheriff’s Office that Rhodes may have been staying in the Boykins area.

Turner initiated surveillance in the area, and with the assistance of several other sheriff’s office units, initiated a traffic stop at the Sunoco in Boykins, where Rhodes was taken into custody without incident.

Rhodes faces six felony charges, including uttering and attempted uttering, and six misdemeanors.

Roberts couldn’t say where Rhodes was getting the fake bills or whether he is suspected of making them.

“That’s still under investigation,” Roberts said.