City police arrested a male parolee this week accused of trying to use counterfeit money in Cortland and possibly other locations outside the area.
Investigators say 28-year-old Artis Young, of State Route 215 in Cortland, attempted to pass fake money at three separate convenience stores in the city on September 14.
At about 5:45 pm, Young successfully purchased an energy drink at the A&A Mart at 155 Tompkins Street using a counterfeit $20 bill.
Thirty minutes later, he tried to buy a $100 Visa gift card at the Speedway just up the street (162 Tompkins Street), but he was denied by an observant clerk who recognized the bills to be fraudulent and seized them.
Another hour passed. Young then tried again to purchase a 12-pack of soda — this time, from the Speedway at 110 Port Watson Street with same fake $20 bills.
Again, his purchase was refused by a sharp employee at the store who recognized and took them.
Young is so far charged with three counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 1st Degree (F), two counts of Attempted Petit Larceny (M) and one Petit Larceny (M) count.
He’s currently on parole and was remanded to the Cortland County without bail, scheduled to appear again in city court yesterday.
According to authorities, Young routinely travels back and forth from Elmira for work. They suspect he may have tried the same scheme at locations along that route, as well.
Anyone with information relative to the passing of counterfeit currency is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Sean Byrnes (607) 758-8309.