Bank customer denies passing counterfeit bills

Published 11:08am Friday, January 18, 2013

An Austin man suspected of passing two counterfeit bills at a local bank on Dec. 27 pleaded not guilty Thursday in Mower County Court.

Omobolaji Oluwaseun Oyesanya, 35, of Austin, pleaded not guilty to gross misdemeanor passing of counterfeit currency. According to the court complaint, Oyesanya withdrew $1,000 in $100 bills from the bank, which were passed through a currency counter before given to him.

Oyesanya then went to another area of the bank, returned to the teller and said he withdrew too much money. Oyesanya allegedly tried to deposit two $100 bills and five $20 bills; however, the currency counter detected the $100 bills were counterfeit. The complaint adds Oyesanya then left the building, went to a white van and returned to the building, where police later arrested him.

Oyesanya denied passing counterfeits and said he did not know who gave him a ride to the bank, the complaint adds.

Oyesanya has a pretrial scheduled for May 24.

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