Oil City Man Who Used Counterfeit Bills at Local Businesses Sentenced to Probation

| October 30, 2020

VENANGO CO., Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City man who passed counterfeit $20 bills at several local businesses was sentenced to probation on Thursday.

Court documents indicate the following charges against 23-year-old Dakota Edward Domres was sentenced on Thursday, October 29, to a total of five years of probation on two second-degree felony counts of forgery.

Domres pleaded guilty to the above charges on August 3.

As a result of the plea agreement, the following charges were dismissed:

– Forgery – Utters Forged Writing, Felony 2 (five counts)
– Possess Instrument of Crime With Intent, Misdemeanor 1
– Theft By Deception-False Impression, Misdemeanor 2 (five counts)

The charges stem from an investigation into counterfeit bills passed in Oil City.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, an investigation was initiated on February 12 when the management from the McDonald’s in Oil City reported a counterfeit $20 bill was passed at their store earlier in the day.

The complaint notes Ptlm. McDevitt of the Oil City Police Department then located the same male from the McDonald’s security footage, trying to pass another counterfeit at the Southside Country Fair. The man allegedly attempted to purchase a 69 cent lighter with the bill.

According to the complaint, the man in the security footage was then identified as Dakota Domres.

Ptlm. McDevitt then began checking with other local businesses to see if anyone else had received any counterfeit $20 bills. The complaint states Domres had purchased items at two other local business with counterfeit $20 bills and received change from the purchases.

Domres also allegedly attempted to use counterfeit $20 bills at two other businesses but was denied when the cashiers realized the only was fake.

According to the complaint, Domres told the cashiers that the money had “gone through the wash in his pants,” and that was why it was in the condition it was in.

Domres was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, February 21.

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