Lewis County man accused of attempting to use two fake $100 bills to purchase computer monitors

WATERTOWN, NYMatthew C. Bush, 20, of 6185 Blue St., Glenfield, was charged by Watertown police at 12:51 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building with first-degree possession of a forged instrument, a felony.

He is accused of using two fake one hundred dollar bills to try to purchase two computer monitors from Chana Fay at about 5:40 p.m. May 21 at McDonald’s, 924 Arsenal St., according to court documents.

He was being held pending arraignment Wednesday morning in City Court.


News release from Watertown Police Department:

On the evening of 05/21/18, our department received a complaint that male had tried to buy items with two counterfeit $100 bills. The complainant explained that she and her husband were meeting a person in the parking lot of a business in the 900 block of Arsenal St. in our city to sell computer items for their son. A male arrived and agreed to the purchase. He put the items in his car and gave them two $100 bills from a “wad of bills” in his wallet. The sellers realized they were given counterfeit money and confronted the male. When the sellers mentioned calling the police, the male denied the money was counterfeit. He gave the computer items back, took back his $100 bills and left.

Watertown Police Ptl. Amanda Gauthier investigated the complaint.

She was able to identify the above suspect as 20 year old Matthew C. Bush of Glenfield, NY. He admitted he had purchased movie prop money online, which he tried to use to buy the computer. Ptl. Gauthier recovered over 180 counterfeit $100 bills, as well as counterfeit $20 bills from Mr. Bush.

Last night, Mr. Bush was arrested and charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the First Degree, a class C felony. He was processed and held overnight to await arraignment in City Court this morning.

We were assisted in the investigation by the New York State Police and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.