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Teen charged with passing phony $50 bills

KINGSTON – A 16-year-old youth was arrested by arrested by Kingston City Police after he passed two counterfeit $50 bills and tried to pass a third one, all at the same store.

The youth bought merchandise from two different clerks at different times on January 19 and after the second time, that worker realized the money was fake. When the youth returned a third time, city police were notified and they apprehended him with a third bill.

He was charged with felony criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree.

Police urge businesses to pay close attention to the money they handle. They may refer to www.secretservice.gov/money_detect.shtml to help identify counterfeit money.