Arrests Made in Counterfeit Cash Case

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013  |  Updated 4:32 PM EDT
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Arrests Made in Counterfeit Cash Case

Vernon Police Department

Justin Cortes (left) and Matthew Blades (right) were arrested after trying to pay for a purchase at Cumberland Farms with a fake $100 bill.

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Police have arrested a teenage girl and two men accused of passing fake currency in Vernon this morning.

A clerk from Cumberland Farms Convenience Store called police at 1:17 a.m. after a 17-year-old girl tried to pay for a small purchase with a counterfeit $100 bill, police said.

The clerk realized the bill was fake and refused to make the sale, but the teen grabbed the items she planned to get and ran, police said.

According to police, she jumped into a car driven by Donell Cook, of Brooklyn, New York, who hit a post as he was driving away from the scene.

When police stopped the car, they found several fake $100 bills inside.

Cook and a man later identified as Matthew Blades gave police false names and were charged with criminal impersonation, in addition to other charges, police said. Police confirmed their identities through am FBI fingerprint check.

The teen was charged with first-degree forgery, sixth-degree larceny and first-degree conspiracy to commit forgery.

Cook and Blades were also charged with first-degree forgery, first-degree conspiracy to commit forgery and interfering with an investigation. Cook was additionally charged with breach of peace and evading an accident.

Blades was charged with possession of less than 4 ounces of marijuana and tampering with physical evidence.   

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