Two people have been arrested in Kershaw County for using counterfeit money.
Reginald Nigel Hingleton, 27, and Dorothy Tiwanda Watkins, 30, both of Columbia, were arrested after they passed counterfeit money at the Little Caesars in Lugoff and the Food Lion in Elgin, Sheriff Jim Matthews said. Hingleton and Watkins also attempted to obtain money by fraud at the Food Lion in Lugoff.
Watkins purchased items at the Food Lion in Elgin and paid for them with a counterfeit $50 bill Friday night, Matthews said. She and Hingleton then drove to the Food Lion in Lugoff where Hingleton attempted to obtain a refund on the items that were purchased at the Food Lion in Elgin.
The manager of the Lugoff Food Lion had been advised of the situation at the Elgin Food Lion and called 911, Matthews said.
Deputies responded to the Lugoff Food Lion, Matthews said. Upon seeing the marked patrol car, Watkins drove away and left Hingleton in the Food Lion. The deputy conducted a traffic stop and identified Watkins from the earlier incident in Elgin.
Matthews said Hingleton and Watkins were taken into custody, and deputies recovered several counterfeit bills, identification belonging to people other than Hingleton and Watkins as well as the items purchased with counterfeit money in Elgin.
Deputies also located some containers of fresh, hot food that had been purchased from Little Caesars, Matthews said. One of the deputies went to the Little Caesars located nearby and discovered that Hingleton and Watkins had passed counterfeit currency as payment for their food.
Hingleton and Watkins have been charged with breach of trust/obtaining property under false tokens. Watkins was also charged with forgery. Both were taken to the Kershaw County Detention Center and have been released on bond.