Danbury Police officers were sent to Nico's Pizza on Main Street at about 8:20 p.m. Thursday over a disturbance involving counterfeit money. Upon their arrival, Police determined that Miguel Audelo, 22, of Queens, NY was attempting to purchase 2 slices of Pizza with a counterfeit $50 bill. Upon interviewing Audelo, he told police he does this for a job.
"He goes around and tries to spend less than $5 so he can get the change," said Danbury Police Spokesman Christian Carroccio. Police said they found other counterfeit $50 bills on Audelo. Audelo was charged with two counts of first-degree forgery, and criminal attempt to commit sixth-degree larceny. The counterfeit bills were turned over to the Secret Service. Audelo was held on a $100,000 bond for the above mentioned charges, and an ICE Detainer. Additionally it was learned that Audelo was wanted in Queens, NY for felony forgery. Audelo was additionally charged as a fugitive from justice and held on an additional $25,000 bond.
In an unrelated case, Danbury Police reported they charged Harold Meeker, 63, of Danbury, with driving while intoxicated and failure to obey a control signal at about 10:33 Thursday. Police released Meeker on a $500 bond for an appearance scheduled in Danbury Superior Court on Sept. 10.
This information was provided by the Danbury Police Department. A person charged with a crime is innocent until having been convicted in court.