Cortez man arrested for passing counterfeit cash

A 20-year-old Cortez man was charged Feb. 28 with two counts of felony counterfeit and misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine.

According to the probable cause affidavit, a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy was contacted by a Winn-Dixie employee at 3500 53rd Ave. W., Bradenton, regarding a man who attempted to pass a fake $20 bill.

The man was not in the store when the deputy arrived, but was observed nearby at another business. The deputy was told the man successfully passed a counterfeit bill the previous day. He observed the suspect at the register with a $20 bill in his hand, and then made contact with Kevin Dowd.

According to the report, Dowd told the deputy he received one of the fake bills from a friend. He said he went to the other store after Winn-Dixie refused to accept the bill.

The deputy said that it was unusual for a business to return a suspected counterfeit bill, and upon checking with Winn-Dixie employees learned they had not returned the bill to Dowd.

The deputy checked the serial numbers of the bill passed the day before, the one Winn-Dixie kept and the bill Dowd was attempting to pass at the other business.

They all had the same serial numbers, according to the report.

The deputy confronted Dowd with this information, at which time he allegedly admitted that his friend had given him five fake bills. According to the report, Dowd admitted to passing the fake bill the previous day and said he passed another counterfeit bill at a nearby 7-11 convenience store.

He allegedly told the deputy he knew they were counterfeit bills.

Dowd was arrested on two felony counts of counterfeit and, in a search of Dowd’s vehicle, the deputy reported finding a glass pipe.

The residue in the pipe field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Dowd was subsequently charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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