Rome man charged with using counterfeit $20 bill at Mirabito’s

Published Nov 14, 2017 at 4:00pm

A 22-year-old man has been charged with a felony after law enforcers said he used a counterfeit $20 bill at Mirabito’s Convenience Store on East Dominick Street.

Police said Malik D. Woodruff, of 112 Mill St., used the funny money to buy a $3.63 can of Four Loko drink at Mirabito’s store on Nov. 7.

According to store employees, they had been having problems with counterfeit $20 and $100 bills and knew that the money used to buy the Four Loko was fake. Employees said they used the time stamp on the Four Loko receipt to check the footage on their security cameras.

Employees said that while they were reviewing the footage on Nov. 10 and spotted Woodruff on the video, they also noticed that he was back in the store shopping. They said Woodruff was detained in the store while police were called.

Woodruff was taken into custody on a charge of first-degree possession of a forged instrument, a class C felony, authorities said. Officers Aaron Page and Derek Utter conducted the investigation.

Woodruff is scheduled to appear in City Court.

According to state records, Woodruff was released on parole from state prison on Aug. 31. Authorities said Woodruff served nine months behind bars for a robbery in Rome in April 2016.