Man faces jail for trying to use counterfeit money to buy soda.

May 28, 2019


Man faces jail for trying to use counterfeit money to buy soda.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON – A 30-year-old Scottville man faces serving two months up front of a one-year discretionary jail term after pleading guilty in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, May 28, to a felony of uttering and publishing counterfeit bills or notes.

Obed Isaiah Gaytan, of 103 N. Reinberg Rd., was arrested March 20 by the Scottville Police Department. Gaytan also faced a misdemeanor of false pretenses less than $200, which was dismissed in a plea agreement.

Gaytan testified that he attempted to use a $100 counterfeit bill at the State Street EZ Mart and Wesco store in Scottville.

“I knew it was fake, but at the same time I was trying to buy something,” he testified before Judge Susan K. Sniegowski. “I didn’t have any money at the time and was trying purchase a soda.”

Gaytan said he ripped up the counterfeit bill shortly before he was arrested.

Sentencing is set for July 9 at 2:15 p.m.

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