WILLMAR — A Spicer man has been charged with making fake $20 bills.
The felony and gross misdemeanor charges of counterfeiting of currency were filed Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court after Austin Dean Fox, 23, was stopped by law enforcement on suspicion of driving after revocation.
According to the criminal complaint, during a search of the vehicle, a deputy sheriff found a “large stack of printer paper with $20 printed on both the front and back.”
A crumpled up $20 bill made with the same paper was found on the driver’s seat and three similar bills were inside of Fox’s wallet, according to the report.
The bills had a “slight white border” and had the “same feel” as the paper under the seat.
Fox allegedly told the officer that the fake money was a prank that he was trying to play on a co-worker and that he “had enough common sense” to not try to use the bills. Fox allegedly said that he knew printing counterfeit money was illegal.
Fox made a first court appearance Wednesday, when he was charged with two counts of counterfeiting of currency, a felony charge of fifth-degree possession of drugs and a misdemeanor charge of driving after revocation.
A request for a public defender was denied.
His next court appearance is set for Oct. 7.