By Amy Macavinta, Logan Herald Journal
A Box Elder County man who failed to show up in court to face counterfeiting charges is in jail once again after two separate courts issued no-bail warrants for his arrest.
In January, Elwood resident Michael Ray Drollette, 34, was charged with 20 counts of possessing a forged government document, 10 counts of forgery, six counts of theft, a possession of marijuana charge and a possession of paraphernalia charge.
These charges came after a rash of counterfeit bills started turning up at Cache Valley businesses in early January.
Police said the money was traced back to Drollette, who claims he received the money for some work he did in Ogden.
According to the Logan City Police Department, an area business received some of the fake bills as payment for goods on Jan. 6. On Jan. 7, employees at the business recognized the man, who had returned to the store, and called police.
Drollette was taken to the police department for questioning, and he admitted to spending the money. He told police he had received the money as payment for a job and at first, he did not know it was not real. However, he continued to spend the money even after being told it was counterfeit.
According to Lt. Brad Franke, Drollette was in possession of a large wad of cash, mostly in the form of $20 and $50 bills. This money, in addition to what he had already spent, totaled more than $1,000 and included $400 spent on a new set of tires.
Drollette was incarcerated on his initial arrest and remained in the Cache County Jail until Jan. 17 when he was released, based on his promise to appear in court Jan. 30. He did not appear as promised, and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.
Similar charges have been filed against Drollette in both Box Elder and Weber counties, although it is not clear if all of the charges are related.
Drollette was booked into the Weber County Jail on Feb. 8 and bailed out five days later.
Court records show he also failed to appear in court in Weber County as directed on March 27, and a warrant was ordered for his arrest.
Drollette was arrested again Thursday night during a traffic stop in Sardine Canyon. He was booked into the Cache County Jail on the arrest warrants, in addition to a variety of new misdemeanor drug charges.
A new court date for the local charges has not yet been scheduled.