Tonawanda News

July 3, 2013

Teens surrender for counterfeit cash

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — Three teenagers turned themselves in to City of Tonawanda police Tuesday morning for printing and using counterfeit bills, authorities said. 

Nathan J. Clifton, 19, of Morgan Street, Casey J. Willis, 18, also of Morgan Street, and Sean C. Felix, 18 of Penarrow Drive, were charged with third-degree forgery and first-degree possession of a forged instrument, which is a C felony.

The defendants allegedly began using counterfeit $20 bills in May.

“Fictitious bills were starting to appear at different businesses in the city ... gas stations, convenience stores,” Lt. Fredric Foels said. 

City detectives and the U.S. Secret Service, which investigates counterfeit money cases for the federal government, investigated the incidents. 

“They determined that they were allegedly making fictitious copies of $20 bills on computer paper,” Foels said. “They had somewhat of a sophisticated copy machine ... they were making the bills and passing them around the city.” 

Authorities determined the three teens were responsible and issued warrants for their arrest. Clifton, Willis and Felix surrendered to police at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

“They made admissions that they did make them on computer paper, and that they were the ones responsible,” Foels said.

Tonawanda City Court Judge Mark Saltarelli arraigned the defendants on the charges. 

“They are looking at C felonies, that’s a pretty hefty charge,” Foels said.