LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A young man has pled guilty to an extremely reduced charge following his arrest for allegedly having a fake $50 bill on him at Walmart.
Justyn Smith, 18, of Arkport, NY was originally charged with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the First Degree, a D Felony. According to his attorney, Kevin Van Allen, Smith pled to a misdemeanor following his arrest and allegations, resulting in his lenient sentence to brief jail time, which he has already served and will get credit for.
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Smith was arrested on September 6 when a Geneseo Police Officer allegedly found him with the fake money. Smith was on parole at the time for an unrelated case.
Creating or possessing money is a very serious charge. Depending on the amount of money that is counterfeited, someone in possession of fake bills could potentially be charged with federal offenses.
This case is not related to the case earlier this year in which two youthful offenders purchased a Debit Card with $400 of counterfeit cash.
PHOTO CAPTION: Photo courtesy of LCSO.