BANGOR, Maine — A local man who was arrested and booked into the Penobscot County Jail early Saturday after a fight with two women on Court Street was charged with felony forgery when jail officials found suspicious bills in his wallet, police say.
While processing Akeen Ocean, 37, into jail at around 8:20 a.m., intake officers found seven $20 bills that “appeared to be fake,” Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday.
The U.S. Secret Service was notified and Ocean, who told police he found the bills on the street, was charged with felony aggravated forgery, a crime that carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $20,000.
Ocean originally was arrested at around 5:15 a.m. after a fight and charged with domestic violence assault. While Officer Kyle Pelkey and others interviewed him, he wasn’t cooperative and yelled and screamed obscenities, Edwards said.
After being warned, Ocean was charged with disorderly conduct and refusing to submit to arrest, the sergeant said.
After arresting Ocean, police reportedly found a throwing star in his pocket and also charged him with carrying a concealed weapon.
Whether the counterfeit money Ocean had in his wallet is in any way connected to other counterfeit bills recently circulated in the Bangor area is part of the investigation, Edwards said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)