Waterbury Women Arrested in Milford For Passing Counterfit Bills

Michelle Maxwell of Waterbury was arrested in Milford on Tuesday after she allegedly attempted to buy a Green Dot Money Pak card with counterfeit $20 bills at Wal-Mart.

The employee processing the transaction was suspicious that the bills were darker than usual and tested them with a counterfeit detection pen, according to a Milford police press release.

Police seized five $20 counterfeit during the investigation. She was charged with first degree forgery, sixth degree criminal attempt to commit larceny and failure to appear.

"It's great when store employees take notice of this," said Officer Jeffery Nielsen, the Milford police spokesman. 

Nielsen said that people attempt to pass counterfeit bills from time to time. The use of $20 bills on a daily basis for many people can make it harder for people to spot a counterfeit, he said.

Maxwell posted $5,500 bail and was released yesterday. She is scheduled to appear in court  on July 3. 

Maxwell had an outstanding warrant for her arrest from state police. She is accused of failing to appear in court over motor vehicle offenses committed in November 2011.


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