Mount Pleasant police say a Racine man is facing a felony forgery charge after he used a counterfeit $100 bill to buy a bottle of vodka from a local grocery store.

Donte Livingston, 34, was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of forgery. If convicted, he faces up to six years in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines. Because he has previous forgery convictions – including two from Cook County, IL – Livingston could get extra time tacked onto any sentence he might receive.

According to the criminal complaint, Livingston on April 7 bought a bottle of vodka from Pick ‘n Save, 1202 N. Green Bay Road, with a $100 bill that was later determined to be counterfeit. Because he had to show an ID with his date of birth at the time of purchase, investigators were able to identify Livingston as the perpetrator.

Police say Livingston was already in the Racine County Jail after being arrested in Wind Point on a separate matter when they questioned him about the fake money. Livingston said he received the counterfeit bill from Walmart when he cashed his income tax refund check of $190.

Livingston remains in the Racine County Jail on a $2,500 cash bond after first being charged with three counts of intimidating a witness as well as $100 for the forgery charge.

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