Ex-Mariner Mateo accused of using fake bills
Former major league reliever Julio Mateo was arrested on suspicion of forgery last weekend after police discovered counterfeit $100 bills in his hotel room.
Mateo hasn't pitched in the majors since being arested on spousal abuse charges and skipping out on the Mariners last May. He was pitching for San Francisco's Triple-A team this year. According to the Albuquerque police reports, Mateo is accused of using a counterfeit $100 bill to pay a $26.80 cab fare for himself and Fresno teammate Victor Santos. After investigating officers received permission from Mateo to enter his hotel room, an officer saw "two stacks [of] money with $100 bills on top of the stacks," a police report said.