A UGA football player was arrested on fraud charges after allegedly using a fake $100 bill at a pet store over the summer.
According to a report from the Macon Telegraph, freshman defensive back Latavious Brini was arrested on a first-degree felony forgery charge Tuesday night after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
The Macon Telegraph detailed the transaction which led to Brini’s arrest:
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department alleges that Brini used a fake $100 bill to purchase $8 worth of merchandise and received $92 in change on July 14. It wasn’t realized until later that the currency used was fake after the bank the store uses rejected it.
An Athens-Clarke County police representative stated that at the time of the transaction, Brini opened a rewards card with Pet Supplies Inc. under a false identity.
Eight days later on July 22, Brini entered Pet Supplies Inc. and used his own debit card for a purchase. The cashier notified the manager that the suspect who used the fake bill was in the store and linked Brini’s debit card purchase to a separate rewards system account under his own name, which contained his UGA campus dorm room address.
Brini posted bond and has since been released from jail.
Brini is currently redshirting during his freshman season, so there is no word on what type of punishment, if any, he will face from the program. Of course, he has his own legal matters to worry about now which are more important.
The Bulldogs are currently ranked No. 3 in the nation and will take on the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 — which is one of the College Football Playoff semifinals.
The winner will advance to the national championship on Jan. 8 in Atlanta.