Ottumwa Man Faces Forgery, Drug Charges

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An Ottumwa man was arrested after authorities say he used counterfeit money to pay for lottery tickets and other items at the BP station on North Jefferson Street.

38-year-old Clint Smith has been charged with two counts of third-degree theft (aggravated misdemeanor), forgery (Class D felony), and forgery or theft of a lottery ticket (Class D felony).

At 1:20 AM on August 13th, court records say Smith used a fake $100 bill to pay for two scratch lottery tickets and other goods totaling $9.06. The counterfeit bill was accepted and Smith received $90.94 in change along with the merchandise he purchased.

A warrant for Smith’s arrest was issued on August 19th. On August 20th, police took Smith into custody. During his arrest, Smith’s backpack was searched and half a gram of methamphetamine and a glass smoking pipe were allegedly found by officers.

Smith faces additional charges of possession of a controlled substance – third or subsequent offense (Class D felony) and possession of drug paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor).

Smith was transported to the Wapello County Jail. His bond has been set at $14,000.

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