Man pleads not guilty to falsely identifying himself as Columbus detective

Billy Eugene Stokes
Billy Eugene Stokes

A 62-year-old man accused of falsely identifying himself as a Columbus detective admitted to the crime Friday morning in Columbus Recorder’s Court.

Billy Eugene Stokes of Columbus pleaded not guilty to impersonating an officer. He was ordered held in the Muscogee County Jail under bonds totaling $10,000 bond.

Authorities said the incident happened after Stokes fell around 12 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Fred’s store at 1900 Auburn Ave. Some employees in the store were helping him up when he flashed a gold badge and told them he was a detective with the Columbus Police Department.

He was taken into custody around 2 p.m. Thursday at his Snelling Drive home.

Stokes told the court that he never flashed his badge, but he did admit to telling a cashier that he was a Columbus detective. He said he was purchasing some cigarettes when the cashier spotted the gold badge in his wallet.

The badge had detective written on it, according to police.

Stokes said she then asked whether he was formerly or currently a detective, and he said he was currently a detective with the department. The testifying officer confirmed he was not and never has been.

The case was bound over to State Court.

Sarah Robinson: 706-571-8622, @sarahR_92