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January 30, 2013

Two charged with counterfeiting cash

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — Two out-of-towners have been arrested in connection with fake currency passed at area stores, state police at Cobleskill said.

April M. Tucker, 19, of Earlton, and Joseph M. Tuosto, 22, of Selkirk, were charged Thursday with first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony, troopers said in a media released.

Tucker was accused of giving two fake $100 bills to a cashier at the Hess Station on state Route 7 in Cobleskill, the release said. An unnamed trooper had observed a nervous individual at the window, and he and his partner investigated.

Meanwhile, Cobleskill police were investigating a report of a counterfeit bill at the Rite Aid in the village, the release said, and the description of the suspect matched the woman at the Hess Station.

Tucker and Tuosto also were accused of passing a counterfeit $100 bill at the Stewart’s Shops in Stamford, troopers said, and Tuosto was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Tucker and Tuosto were arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and sent to Schoharie County jail on bail, with Tucker’s bail set at $10,000 cash and Tuosto’s set at $15,000 cash.

Troopers were assisted by the Schoharie County District Attorney’s Office and the Cobleskill Police Department, and additional arrests are pending. Anyone with a similar incident is asked to contact state police at Princetown at (518) 630-1700.