The Iowa City Police Department sent out a press release late Saturday night saying that officers had arrested a man and a woman for using counterfeit bills at several area businesses.
According to the release, Christopher Jovaughn Carter, 20, of Chicago and Fatima Omer Amin, 18, of Coralville face charges of fourth-degree theft, a serious misdemeanor, and forgery, which is a Class D felony, after several businesses complained that they had been tricked with fake currency.
Police say that with the help of the of the businesses, the investigation was able to determine that Carter and Amin were the culprits, and they were subsequently arrested. In the course of the investigation, Carter and Amin were allegedly found with approximately $2,000 in fake money, with more of the forged bills recovered from the defrauded businesses.
According to the release, the investigation is ongoing and area businesses should check the bills they receive and report any counterfeit money to the police. Investigator Scott Stevens can be called at 319-356-5281 with any information about the case.