New Yorkers charged after using counterfeit bills
Updated 3:27 pm, Wednesday, September 27, 2017
WESTPORT — Two New York men will face forgery charges after police say they were caught with counterfeit bills.
Jamel D. Greene, 22, of Bronx, was charged with two counts of first-degree forgery, sixth-degree larceny, interfering with an officer, conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit first-degree forgery, police said.
Police also charged Patmore Proctor, 26, of Harlem, with two counts of first-degree forgery, conspiracy to commit first-degree forgery and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny.
Westport police responded to the Trader Joe’s at 400 Post Road East Sept. 19 around 3:40 p.m. for a call that a customer used, what store employees identified as, a counterfeit $100 bill.
The store had been made aware earlier that day that men had used counterfeit bills at other Trader Joe’s locations in southern Connecticut, police said.
Employees informed police that a man, later identified as Greene, purchased soap with the counterfeit bill and received $88.87 in change. The employees were able to tell police they saw him with a second man, later identified as Proctor, and provided descriptions of the two suspects.
Police located Proctor at a nearby CVS store, attempting to make a purchase. Police said he tried to hide two counterfeit $100 bills in his wallet when officers approached him.
Greene was located shortly after, police said, and initially refused commands to take his hands out of his pockets. Police said he resisted arrest when officers tried to put him in handcuffs. They found one counterfeit $100 bill on him.
Police said Proctor and Greene were found to be in possession of valid bills that they had gotten as change after making purchases with counterfeit bills.
Both bonds were set at $5,000, police said, ahead of Sept. 27 court dates.