MARSHALL - A Marshall man was charged with offering counterfeit bills this week after allegedly passing more than $1,000 in fake $100 bills at Marshall businesses.
Ayotomide Olufemi Ajifowobaje, 26, of Marshall appeared in Lyon County District Court on Wednesday, court records said. A complaint alleges Ajifowobaje offered $1,200 in counterfeit bills in Marshall in incidents on Oct. 27 and 29. A hearing was set for Nov. 27. Bail for Ajifowobaje was set at $10,000 without conditions, a $3,000 bond, or $300 cash with conditions including making future court appearances, abiding by laws, and not leaving Minnesota.
Ajifowobaje was arrested on Monday for passing the counterfeit bills, the Marshall Police Department said Thursday. The bills were passed at various Marshall businesses, and law enforcement was alerted when several banks contacted local businesses and informed them that certain $100 bills in their deposits were counterfeit, Police said.
Ajifowobaje was identified from business surveillance recordings after he wired $500 to Nigeria, Police said. A search warrant was executed at his apartment and additional counterfeit currency was found. An arrest was made without incident, Police said.
The bills contained numerous flaws, including a reversed green seal on one side, Police said.