Two men charged with using bogus money in Sarasota

Gustavo Mingo, 50 (pictured top right), Sebastian Medina, 30 (pictured bottom right) alongside photo of counterfeit cash (Photos Sarasota County Sheriff's Office)

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Two men are accused of going on a spending spree with fake money at a Sarasota County store, police said.

Sebastian Medina, 30, and Gustavo Mingo, 50 are accused of using the counterfeit cash to buy electronics from Sarasota Wal-mart. According to detectives,

According to detectives, Medina attempted to pass $150 in fake bills to a store cashier in the electronics department Tuesday afternoon. A short time later, he attempted to hand over another $100 in counterfeit bills to a cashier at one of the store’s front registers

Medina’s attempts were not his first, detectives said. The suspect was captured on store surveillance video from this past Sunday with another male, whom police later identified at Gustavo Mingo.

Detectives were able to use the surveillance video to identify a license plate on the duo’s vehicle and tracked it to a rental car out of Miami.

When detective searched their hotel room and vehicle, they discovered another $4-thousand in counterfeit bills along with more than $13-thousand worth of valid currency.

Both men admitted to making more than 20 purchases at various locations in Sarasota. They traveled to the United States from Argentina carrying $20,000 in counterfeit money, a news release stated.

Both men are charged with three counts each of Uttering a Counterfeit Bill and are being held at the Sarasota County Jail without bond. The investigation is ongoing.

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