Man Allegedly Tries To Buy Computer With Fake MoneyPosted: Updated:
A Glenfield man is accused of trying to use movie prop money to buy used computer equipment.
Watertown city police say 20 year old Matthew Bush admitted to buying the fake money online.
A couple complained Bush tried to pay them with two fake $100 bills while they were selling him their son's computer equipment in a restaurant parking lot on the 900 block of Arsenal Street in Watertown.
He took the money back after they confronted him.
"They got their computer items back and this person kept saying 'oh, this is real,'" said Detective Lieutenant Joseph Donoghue, Watertown Police Department.
Police say they took over 180 counterfeit $100 bills from Bush, plus some counterfeit $20 bills.
7 News had a chance to see the bills. "In God We Must" is written on the back of the counterfeit $100 dollar bills. There were Chinese characters on the back of the $20s. The bills are actually movie props which are easily purchased online.
"There's different Internet sites you can go on and buy it and it's currently not illegal to buy this money and to possess it. It becomes illegal when you are using it in lieu of real cash," said Donoghue.
Bush was charged with a felony count of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.
He was arraigned in city court Wednesday morning and released to face grand jury action.