Counterfeiting suspect charged with gross misdemeanors

Published 10:21am Thursday, October 31, 2013

Video surveillance may have helped police track down a man passing counterfeit bills in Austin.

Austin police spoke with an employee at a local gas station about a counterfeit bill late on Oct. 27, viewed surveillance and took the bill as evidence. After a traffic stop, police arrested their suspect, Ojulu Omot Omot, 19, of Austin, who allegedly had matching counterfeit bills.

Omot was charged Wednesday in Mower County Court for three gross misdemeanors: two counts of uttering or possessing counterfeit currency and one count of giving a false name to a police officer. He has another appearance scheduled for Nov. 7.

At about 11:30 p.m. Oct. 28, police stopped a vehicle that had drifted over the centerline in Austin, and the passenger matched Omot’s description.

According to the court complaint, Omot had two counterfeit $20 bills in his pocket and another on the floor of the car. The bills matched the serial number of the bill passed at the gas station the previous night. Omot allegedly had someone else’s ID, as well.

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