WILTON -- A 14-year-old boy who used a fake $20 bill to purchase a toy from another teen has been charged with a felony, police said.

The teen, whose name was not released, allegedly took part in the photocopying of a $20 bill to create fake money, according to State Police.

One of the bills was given to another teen in exchange for a toy, and police were contacted when it was determined the bill was fake, police said.

The counterfeit was reported on May 27, and the 14-year-old was charged with first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony, police records show.

He was released pending prosecution in Saratoga County Family Court.

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retired

This boy should be glad that I am not his father... Hopefully, he is young enough to learn the error of his attempt to circumvent the laws, and take the easy and illegal way out of things.

ZENCI2

I'd like to know why it took so long to report this to the public. It happened in May, they already knew who the suspect was, why the big secret?

ZENCI2

[quote]retired said: "This boy should be glad that I am not his father... Hopefully, he is young enough to learn the error of his attempt to circumvent the laws, and take the easy and illegal way out of things. "[/quote]

I agree 100%. To top it off, it was a friend he allegedly passed the bogus bucks to. I also wonder where he got the original $20 bill. It's too bad this lad needs to learn the hard way, but however it happens, he does need to learn, unless he's planning to make prison a career.

gfguru

are you guys kidding me? the kid photocopied a $20 bill and bought a toy with it. A felony??? Isnt this basically considered stealing because of his age? So, when you guys were 14, and say you took something that wasnt yours or say you beat another kid up...were you given a felony??? P.S. and dont take the high ground...us older people know we got away with more shit than anyone these days....

boston

WOW. A felony for passing a fake 20? Just think what Bush and Obama are going to have to face, or don't the elite get charged?

laingn518

I agree i think he learned his lesson....... mabye

Displaced_Southerner

So let me get this straight; one teen used a fake/photocopied twenty dollar bill to buy a toy off another teen who was dumb enough to accept it in exchange and you sheep are upset. Ya'll should be more upset that the parents of the dolt hasn't "learned" him enough sense and value of a dollar. This is a matter for the Secret Service and not the State Police. When the kid starts passes bills at small local businesses I'll be upset. I'm LMFAO right now.

Displaced_Southerner

Another thought; If I agree to give you $45 for a ham sandwich (as opposed to accepting a photocopied twenty), who's stupid: you or me?

ZENCI2

[quote]gfguru said: "are you guys kidding me? the kid photocopied a $20 bill and bought a toy with it. A felony???"[/quote]

gfguru, the felony is not for "buying" the toy with the phony bill. The felony is for printing off the bill. It is a violation of federal law to produce unlicensed currency. The Feds get ever so testy about that.

ZENCI2

[quote]Displaced_Southerner said: "This is a matter for the Secret Service and not the State Police."[/quote]

Actually, it's the Treasury Dept that will want a slice of this lad. He has no idea yet what sort of trouble he's in. They don't make much of a difference between counterfeiting one $20, or several million of them. The police are required to inform the Treasury Dept of what happened, and they'll take it from there.

faithfulrealist

1. Who thought it was necessary to report this to the police? Couldn't have gone to the parents?

But then again...

2. EVERYONE knows since birth you can't just print your own money, he knew what he was doing was wrong.

3. An example needs to be set. The next kid will just think he'll get away with it.

ZENCI2

[quote]faithfulrealist said: "1. Who thought it was necessary to report this to the police? Couldn't have gone to the parents"[/quote]

I have a feeling one of 2 things took place. Either the cheated friend called the cops directly, telling them he was cheated, and how, or he and/or his parents went to the cheaters parents, and got no satisfaction, so they called the police for advice, and to provide proof that the $20 was indeed counterfeit. It became a bigger deal than any of them anticipated.

barboza

I think that charging a 14 year old child with a felony for copying a $20 bill is overkill. I think that arresting officer should have used some discretion when charging the boy and charged him with a misdemeanor.

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