FMU police arrest man for forgery

FMU Campus Police arrested a 20-year-old man Jan. 28 for forgery after finding eight counterfeit $100 bills in his possession, according to a campus police report.

The report said Justin Scott Daniels of Florence, a non-student, was detained by a campus police officer after a routine traffic stop at about 12:30 a.m. for being on campus after visitation hours ended. During the traffic stop, the officer gave Daniels’ information to dispatch, and the information check revealed that he was wanted in Hinesville, Ga., for eight counts of forgery, the report said.

The Hinesville Police Department asked the officer to hold Daniels for extradition to Georgia, according to the report.

Daniels and two other non-students in the vehicle consented to being searched after the officer noticed the smell of marijuana and gasoline coming from the vehicle, according to the report.

The report states that the officer found $1,077 on Daniels. No marijuana was found in the vehicle or on the passengers. The driver stated that gasoline had spilled in the vehicle.

A supplemental report filed after the incident said a Secret Service agent confirmed that eight of the $100 bills found on Daniels were counterfeits, and one of the 100s was the “parent” bill used to make the others.

Another FMU police officer took Daniels to the Florence County Detention Center where he was booked and charged with forgery.

Daniels was assigned a $5,000 surety bond, and no court date will be scheduled until the bond is paid. As of Feb. 5, Daniels had not paid the bond and remained in custody at the Florence County Detention Center, according to the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.

Tucker Mitchell, executive director of public affairs for FMU, said he is not aware of any counterfeiting problems on FMU’s campus.