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Brooklyn man charged with possessing funny money

EAST GARDEN CITY – Nassau County Police report the arrest of a Brooklyn man possession a large amount of counterfeit currency on Friday evening, January 11, in East Garden City.

According to detectives, Daniel Lyte, 19, of 921 Utica Avenue made a purchase at Gymboree in the Roosevelt Field Mall, 630 Old Country Road using counterfeit U.S. currency. When a Nassau County Police Officer from the Third Precinct responded to the store the defendant attempted to flee. As the officer attempted to place the defendant under arrest Lyte continued to struggle. While on the ground Lyte attempted to tear up the counterfeit money in his possession. He was eventually placed under arrest, at which time he was found to be in possession of several counterfeit bills and fraudulent credit cards. There were no injuries reported.

Lyte was charged with four counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, three counts of possession of a forged instrument 2nd degree, tampering with physical evidence, obstruction of governmental administration 2nd degree and resisting arrest.