ATHENS ― The felony forgery charge against Georgia freshman defensive back Latavious Brini has been dismissed, his lawyer said.
Mark Wiggins, the attorney representing Brini, said the case was dismissed in Athens-Clarke County court on Wednesday morning.
Brini had been charged with passing a counterfeit $100 bill at a Pet Supplies Plus in July. He was arrested last week ― five months later.
“He’s in the clear,” Wiggins said. “Mr. Brini did not forge anything and did not pass a counterfeit bill.”
Wiggins said it was a case of mistaken identity. Brini acknowledged being in the store and using a rewards card, but it was not him who passed the counterfeit bill. Wiggins said that once he got the case “and looked into it,” he shared information with the district attorney, which also did its own investigation.
“This is a perfect example of the judicial system, including the court, the prosecutor and the police, all trying to get to the bottom of the case,” Wiggins said.
Brini has not played for the Bulldogs this season and is headed for a redshirt.