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FARMINGTON  – A man accused of trying to pass counterfeit $20 bills at Lagoon this summer, pleaded not guilty in 2nd District Court last week.

Jesse James Candelario, 27, is charged with a third-degree felony count of possession of forgery writing; a class A misdemeanor count of tampering with evidence; a class B misdemeanor count of theft, and a class B misdemeanor count of interference with an arresting officer.

Candelario is accused of passing “some poor-quality $20 bills” at Lagoon to pay for games and other items, according to Farmington Police. 

One employee of the park  believed he had been handed a fake $20 bill and called security.

The employee then pointed Candelario out to police, a probable cause statement said.

When an officer stopped Candelario, he allegedly found the suspect standing on a fake $20 bill.

The probable cause statement went on to say a search of Candelario’s pockets allegedly revealed “numerous other counterfeit $20 bills,” along with “wads” of legitimate bills.

A witness then allegedly told police they saw Candelario throw something into the bushes. Officers searching the bush allegedly found more counterfeit $20 bills, the court document said.

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