NOTE: The image in the story was provided to us by Geneseo Police. The person in the picture was not charged with a crime but the image did lead to the arrest of those individuals involved.
GENESEO – According to a press release from Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian, Tuesday’s image and story in the GeneseeSun.com led to the surrender of one suspect in an investigation into fake $20 bills that were exchanged at the 7-11 convenience store, and consequently the arrest of his alleged partner in crime.
Two minors, SUNY Geneseo freshmen, were busted on Thursday in an investigation into the exchange of fake $20 bills, that were used to purchase a $400 debit card. Allegedly, both individuals obtained at least $400 in fake twenty dollar bills and subsequently used them to purchase a prepaid debit card from the 7-11 convenience store on Main Street on Tuesday.
Geneseo Police Officer Daniel Piedmonte arrested the two youths, both SUNY Geneseo freshmen under the age of 19, for Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the First Degree, a C Felony, Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, an E Felony, and Petit Larceny, an A Misdemeanor, on Main Street. Osganian added that a person involved in this incident saw one of the pictures on the GeneseeSun.com website and subsequently turned himself into the police department to assist with this investigation.
Video surveillance of the transaction from the store was turned over to the police department and aided in the investigation. The Geneseo police department shared some of the pictures from the video with numerous businesses on Main Street in an attempt to locate the suspect(s).
Osganian added that both young men were arraigned in front of Geneseo Justice Thomas Bushnell and remanded to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $1,500 cash or $3,000 bond. Both made bail and were released.
Chief Osganian added that police confiscated 21 fake $20 bills, and that their investigation is ongoing, as there may be more fake twenty dollar bills in circulation.
Given the amount of fake money involved, the youths could potentially face federal charges.
PHOTO CREDIT: Photo courtesy of Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian.