Man and teen charged with using counterfeit money at various Hubbard fast food restaurants

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Hubbard police have received complaints from several restaurants in the area, all located on North Main Street, of suspects who allegedly used counterfeit $20 bills to purchase food.

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A man and a 17-year-old boy are accused of buying fast food with counterfeit money.

Hubbard Police received complaints from several area restaurants, including McDonald’s, Chester’s Fried Chicken and Dunkin Donuts, all on North Main Street, of suspects who allegedly used counterfeit $20 bills to purchase food.

Police conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle matching the description and found the two suspects later identified as Joshua Vigorito, 35, and another suspect identified as a 17-year-old boy.

During the traffic stop, a Dunkin Donuts employee told police that the two suspects had smuggled two counterfeit $20 bills into the business.

The suspects were asked to exit the vehicle as police searched it with officers saying they had probable cause to do so. The investigation revealed several bags of fast food on the back seat of the vehicle.

Police then observed a bulge near Vigorito’s trouser pocket and conducted a pat-down search, which revealed a plastic bag containing a large quantity of allegedly counterfeit $20 bills.

A total of $3,305 in counterfeit bills was recovered with 159 counterfeit $20 bills from the bag in Vigorito’s pocket, five counterfeit five-dollar bills, and another five counterfeit $20 bills used at the three restaurants.

Both Vigorito and the 17-year-old were taken into custody, with Vigorito being held in Trumbull County Jail and the 17-year-old being held in juvenile custody.

Police said Vigorito has an extensive criminal record and is currently on paper with the Ohio Adult Parole Authority and currently has charges pending in Lorain County.

Police have also spoken to the Secret Service who police say know Vigorito very well. Police said the Secret Service wanted to speak to Vigorito about a case in Austintown from 2019.

The 17-year-old was also on probation in Trumbull County Family Court.

The two suspects have been charged with three counts of forgery, and more charges could be filed later.

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