Suspect pleads guilty in $100 bill forgeries
BRECKENRIDGE – A man who pleaded guilty in connection with a counterfeit-bill spending spree that hit at least 43 local stores will be sentenced June 18.
Tomas Kundrotas, 22, of Dillon, was arrested March 10 by Breckenridge police and pleaded guilty last week to charges of forgery and possessing forged instruments.
A store clerk became suspicious after Kundrotas allegedly used a $100 bill to purchase a tube of ChapStick. Police caught up with Kundrotas a short time later and discovered a backpack filled with cash, merchandise, receipts and counterfeit bills. Another suspect eluded police and remains at large.
According to a police department press release, most of the victims in this case have contacted the District Attorney’s Office and filled out a victim impact statement. After sentencing, the release said, the court will issue a restitution order and Kundrotas will be ordered to pay restitution to the court, which will compensate all victims who filed a victim impact statement.
Breckenridge Police Detective George Booth said he recovered 44 counterfeit bills, including one found on Kundrotas.
Kundrotas entered the United States from Lithuania in 2001 on an immigration visa, according to Breckenridge police. The Immigration and Naturalization put a hold on Kundrotas’ visa prior to his arrest because he had violated conditions of his stay. Police believe his accomplice might have been in the country illegally, and possibly has returned to Europe.
Police say the counterfeit bills were very well made and included the plastic strip embedded in the bill and a watermark.
Kundrotas faces one charge of possessing a forged instrument and five counts of forgery; all the charges are felonies. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. June 18 at the Summit County Justice Center.
For victim information, contact Susan Quesada at the Breckenridge Police Department, (970) 453-2941.
Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237 or email@example.com.
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