Counterfeit road trip brings charges

Friday, August 25, 2017

Two men face charges after an attempt to pass counterfeit money at Kroger in Lewisburg on Aug. 9.

LPD responded at 5:15 p.m. to find off-duty Sheriff’s Office Detective Tony Nichols holding two men at gunpoint in the parking lot.

Nichols happened to be in the store and was alerted after the cashier told the men that the $100 bill was counterfeit.


The two men, Jeffery John Pignone and Matthew M. Moore, both of Mt. Juliet, attempted to flee in a car, at one point approaching Nichols, according to the report.

Pignone had tried to use the bill, marked with “For Motion Picture Use Only,” inside the store and was found to have another in his pocket, and Moore was found to have one in his wallet as well.

Moore also had a receipt from a Kroger in Collierville, Tenn., from the previous evening. A call to that store revealed that they had discovered a similar bill in that evening’s deposit.


According to the report, Moore admitted during an interview that the two had also tried passing the bills in Columbia and Spring Hill.

At the time of his arrest, Moore refused to allow officers to search the vehicle.

A search warrant was obtained later and another 15 fake bills were found inside the car.

Pignone was charged with two counts of criminal simulation, as well as evading arrest and driving on a suspended license. His bond was set at $20,000.

Moore was charged with one count of criminal simulation and one count of criminal responsibility for facilitation of a felony. He was held on $10,000 bond.

• A shoplifting call at Walmart on August 11 quickly spiraled out of control for one woman.

Lewisburg Police officers responded at 1:20 a.m. after loss prevention at the store had detained a woman leaving the store with $39.21 of merchandise, including clothing, a Pitbull CD, and a beta fish.

The woman, identified as Nakesha Strunk, initially gave officers, according to the report, misleading information while they were trying to identify her, including a Social Security number belonging to another person.

Her identity was confirmed by checking the registration on her vehicle.

Arrested for shoplifting and criminal impersonation, a search of Strunk’s possessions uncovered a metal pipe, four pills that Strunk identified as Xanax, and a glass container with a white substance that she identified as methamphetamine.

Charges of possession of a Schedule II drug, possession of a Schedule IV drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia were added and bond was set at $7,000.

• James Cashion was charged with violation of the sex offender registry on Aug. 18 after deputies discovered that he had moved from his Belfast Farmington Road residence in April and had not updated the registry with that information.

Bond was set at $10,000.

• On Aug. 20, officers filed a report after the theft of 30 to 40 used batteries was reported from an outside cage at Walmart in Lewisburg.

A white van was observed on video from the previous evening stopping at the storage cage after driving by it several minutes beforehand.

• On Aug. 21, LPD responded to a domestic call on Park Avenue in Lewisburg.

Upon arrival, they found Jamecia Reed with her foot stuck in the front door.

According to the residents of the home, Reed woke them up by banging on the front door and, when entering the home, attacked the male resident, striking him in the face and head.

The male forced Reed out of the home and attempted to close the door, which she tried to prevent, resulting in her foot being caught.

Officers reported that when freed, Reed tackled the female resident of the home in the front yard, while screaming obscenities.

Reed was charged with domestic assault, disorderly conduct, and simple assault. Bond was set at $2,500.

• James McKnight was charged with disorderly conduct on Aug. 20.

LPD received reports that a man was acting suspiciously and possibly carrying a gun along the Rock Creek greenway in the vicinity of Belfast Avenue.

Officers met McKnight on the trail, after observing him place an object on the ground.

The object was a BB gun that the report noted “very closely resembled” a real gun.

McKnight told officers he was shooting into the water while walking along the trail.

The report states that he became “very rude and agitated” while speaking with officers and did not see anything wrong with what he was doing.

Bond was set at $1,000.