Ottumwa Man Faces Forgery, Drug Charges


An Ottumwa man was arrested after authorities say he used counterfeit money to pay for lottery tickets and other items at the BP station on North Jefferson Street.

38-year-old Clint Smith has been charged with two counts of third-degree theft (aggravated misdemeanor), forgery (Class D felony), and forgery or theft of a lottery ticket (Class D felony).

At 1:20 AM on August 13th, court records say Smith used a fake $100 bill to pay for two scratch lottery tickets and other goods totaling $9.06. The counterfeit bill was accepted and Smith received $90.94 in change along with the merchandise he purchased.

A warrant for Smith’s arrest was issued on August 19th. On August 20th, police took Smith into custody. During his arrest, Smith’s backpack was searched and half a gram of methamphetamine and a glass smoking pipe were allegedly found by officers.

Smith faces additional charges of possession of a controlled substance – third or subsequent offense (Class D felony) and possession of drug paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor).

Smith was transported to the Wapello County Jail. His bond has been set at $14,000.

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