Man uses counterfeit $20 bills used to buy McDonald’s food and cigars; IDs himself

A Waterford man has been arrested and charged with two counts of presenting counterfeit currency for attempting to pass a $20 bill at a McDonald’s in Waterford, as well an a second store on March 12, 2018.

Jeffrey JT Gitz, 19, is charged with two counts of uttering a forgery. The crime, a Class H Felony carries a fine of up to $10,000 and imprisonment of up to six years, or both.

According to the criminal complaint, Gitz passed counterfeit $20 bills to the fast food restaurant at 815 Fox Lane in Waterford, March 12. Gitz allegedly offered a movie prop $20 bill as payment for food. The manager of the restaurant noticed the problem with the bill and identified the suspect to police on March 14.

The defendant reportedly also passed a phony bill at Rochester Food Mart on Beck Drive, which he used to purchase cigars. He reportedly asked if the store was hiring and provided contact information to the clerk. That information provided police with the information they needed to make an arrest.

Gitz did not appear at a hearing on the case on Dec. 13 and an arrest warrant had been issued. He is currently in the Racine County Jail where bail has been set at $2535 on each count.

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