Passing phony bills? Not in Hudson’s, you won’t

May 23, 2021
By Marcy Shortuse

STAFF REPORT – If you feel like committing a crime, you might want to go somewhere other than Hudson’s Grocery … those folks are sharp.

On Tuesday, May 18, Lee County Sheriff’s deputies from the island responded to the store, located on Park Avenue, in reference to an unknown suspect attempting to pay with a forged $10 bill. 

Deputies obtained a license plate of the suspect’s vehicle, a Blue Hyundai Elantra, and quickly began searching the area for it. Within a short distance from the store, the car and the suspect, later identified as Dennis Aigotti (DOB 06/06/1967), were located. 

Aigotti was detained and detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes Unit assumed the investigation. 

Detectives searched Aigotti’s vehicle and located many denominations of fraudulent currency. In total, detectives seized 19 twenty-dollar bills, four ten-dollar bills, and materials used to create fraudulent money. 

Detectives subsequently charged Dennis Aigotti with possession of forged bills, uttering counterfeit money and possession of tools for forgery counterfeiting.

Shown above is Aigotti.