Four people have been charged with possessing counterfeit $50 bills or passing the bills at area businesses.
Three of the four are accused of using the phony money in November at two businesses on State Street, while the other is accused of having two of the fake bills at an address in Schenectady.
The three accused of passing the counterfeit bills were arrested December 12 after being identified with the help of surveillance cameras, prosecutor Deanndra Macomber said.
“At least one of the stores did have a video camera,” Macomber said. “The individuals were seen on that video camera at the time of that transaction. That was pretty key in tracking them down.”
Employees at one of the stores spotted the bills and reported the incident to police.
Paperwork filed in court describes each of the bills as “altered,” but Macomber described them as counterfeit.
Charged were Natasha K. Duncan, 18, of 114 Edward St.; Terrence D. Duncan, 33, of 528 Schenectady St., and Michael J. Keith, 25, of 114 Edward St.
All three face one count of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony, while Natasha Duncan faces two additional counts of that charge for allegedly possessing a fake $50 bill on three occasions at Taco Del Mar, 1491 State St., twice on Nov. 19 and once on Nov. 21.
Terrence Duncan is accused of passing a fake bill at Taco Del Mar., while Keith is accused of using a phony bill at Coffee Time, near Taco Del Mar.
Atta Ullah, 23, of 182 Steinmetz Homes, was charged Dec. 17 with one count of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. He is accused of having two fake $50 bills and a fake $20 bill on Southgate Drive. He also faces one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor.