A Kodiak man is facing felony charges after using a counterfeit bill to buy cigarettes, according to court documents. 

Kalani Coyle, 27, is charged with forgery, a felony, for allegedly intending to defraud using a false $10 bill. 

On the morning of July 18, a manager at Petro Express on Mill Bay Road reported to police that a customer had passed a forged bill to a teller at the gas station. The teller told police that Coyle used the bill for a $12.95 purchase of a lighter and cigarettes.

The teller recognized the bill was forged. It had been printed on cheap paper stock, held together by tape and covered with Asian characters in red ink. 

Coyle allegedly told the teller  that “the guy outside” gave him the bill to spend. Coyle gave the teller his debit card to pay for the merchandise, before exiting the store. 

Police attempted to contact the defendant, but were unsuccessful because of his transient residence and the charges were forwarded to the Kodiak District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. 

According to the Alaska Public Safety Information Network, Coyle has previous convictions including violation of conditions of release, driving under the influence, assault and criminal mischief. 

Under Alaska’s laws, a class B felony is punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000.




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