GENESEO – The Geneseo Police Department arrested a Rochester resident for allegedly attempting to pass a fake $100 bill at 7-Eleven on Main Street Wednesday night.
According to Police Chief Eric Osganian, Mohamed Saad, 27, was arrested for felony Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the First Degree and felony Scheme to Defraud.
“He tried purchasing some small items and $15 in gas, which all totaled less than $25,” said Osganian. “He was being given $75 back in cash. The store’s computer repeatedly would not accept the fake $100, which prompted the clerk to call the police.”
That call to police came in at about 8:40 p.m. on Wednesday.
It turned out that the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office had arrested Saad prior to this incident for allegedly attempting to pass another counterfeit bill in the Town of York.
Geneseo Police’s investigation continues with the help of other law enforcement agencies. The Sheriff’s Office assisted Wednesday at 7-Eleven.
“We will be contacting the US Secret Service for follow up on the fake $100 bill,” said Osganian. “Saad told us he is a refugee from Somalia. We checked with Border Patrol and it appears that he did enter the Country legally. There may be some follow up with Border Patrol later.”
Geneseo Village Justice Thomas Bushnell arraigned Saad and ordered him held at the Livingston County Jail on $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond.