Georgia defensive back arrested over use of counterfeit $100 bill
The forgery arrest of Georgia freshman defensive back Latavious Brini on Tuesday night stemmed from an investigation into an incident in July, when a counterfeit $100 bill was passed by someone who provided a different name from his own.
Brini was arrested on a felony charge of first-degree forgery, after Athens-Clarke County issued an arrest warrant, which was subsequently executed on Tuesday night by the Clarke County Sheriff’s office.
Brini is alleged by police to have used a fake $100 bill to purchase $8 worth of merchandise on July 14 at a Pet Supplies Plus store, located at the Alps Shopping Center in Athens. He then received $92 cash in return. The store realized later at a bank drop that the $100 bill was counterfeit.
During the purchase, Brini, referred to as the subject in the police report, is alleged to have provided a different name (Trevor Shorter) and address from his own when he started a rewards card.
The police were called on July 22 by the manager of the store, because the same cashier said the same person had returned to the store and used a debit card with a different name (Latavious Brini) according to the report.
Brini has not played this season and appeared headed for a redshirt. He was a three-star prospect out of Mater Academy Charter in Miami Gardens, Fla.
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There has been no official word from UGA or the team yet on Brini’s arrest and his status going forward.
By rule, any UGA athlete is immediately suspended upon a felony arrest, per the student-athlete handbook. Their status going forward is then reviewed by a committee in the athletic department, the handbook stipulates.
This is the seventh known arrest for a Georgia player this calendar year, and the third since the SEC championship game. Linebacker Natrez Patrick and receiver Jayson Stanley were arrested on misdemeanor marijuana charges after a traffic stop hours after the championship. Stanley was also arrested for DUI and speeding.
Georgia’s handbook would call for a dismissal for a third marijuana arrest, but head coach Kirby Smart has not yet confirmed that in Patrick’s case.
A UGA spokesman said Wednesday that there was “no info yet” on the status of either Patrick or Brini.
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