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Man attempts gas purchase with fake money

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Forgery charges were leveled against a Butts County man, after he allegedly used counterfeit money to pay for gas.

Henry County Police said 31-year-old Adam Daniel Hanson, of Jackson, told them he received the fake $20 bill while gambling.

Hanson was arrested Oct. 27, in connection with an incident at the Kangaroo gas station, at the corner of Jodeco Road and Ga. Highway 42, in McDonough.

A report by Officer Keith Roberson states that Hanson committed a forgery at the gas station, then drove away in a green minivan.

"The vehicle was possibly heading west on Jodeco Road, towards I-75," Roberson wrote. "Dispatch ... advised that the suspect was wearing a white football jersey and black hat, with sunglasses on top of the hat."

Hanson and the minivan were reportedly seen shortly thereafter, outside a BP gas station at 3656 Jodeco Road. Police said they spoke with a female clerk at the gas station during the investigation.

"[She] stated that a man wearing a white jersey and a black hat entered the store, and tried to purchase gas with a fake $20 bill," Roberson wrote. "She stated that she used a forgery pen, and identified the $20 bill to be a fake."

The officer wrote that Hanson then left the store, with the counterfeit bill.

Police obtained consent from Hanson to search him and his vehicle, and found the fake bill in his right front pocket, according to Roberson.

"At that time, I asked Mr. Hanson where he got the counterfeit money," the officer continued. "Mr. Hanson stated that he was gambling, and that's how he received the money."

Roberson's report states that Hanson told authorities he did not know the money was counterfeit. The suspect was arrested, charged with forgery in the first and second degrees, and taken to the Henry County Jail.

Hanson appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court Oct. 28, and waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the charges against him. Judge Martin Jones set his bond at $7,500, and bound the charges over to Superior Court.

Hanson was released from jail Oct. 31, according to records from the jail.