1 of 3 accused of passing fake bills at Market Place gets probation

1 of 3 accused of passing fake bills at Market Place gets probation

URBANA — An Indianapolis man has been sentenced to two years of second-chance probation after pleading guilty to forgery.

Imani Hall, 21, pleaded guilty Tuesday to forgery, admitting to Judge Tom Difanis that on April 4, he distributed counterfeit $100 bills at Market Place Mall in Champaign.

Assistant State's Attorney Chris McCallum said Hall was one of three men identified as buying items at several stores in the $20 to $50 range using the bogus $100 bills, then getting real cash in return.

When they were identified and stopped, McCallum said the trio admitted they knew the bills were fake and "were there to make money."

McCallum said Hall had no prior convictions. He was also ordered to perform 30 hours of public service. A more serious burglary charge was dismissed.

The cases of the other two co-defendants are unresolved.

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