FARMINGTON -- A 27-year-old man accused of trying to pass bogus bills at Lagoon this summer entered not guilty pleas to the charges.
Jesse James Candelario appeared in 2nd District Court on Thursday. He is charged with one count of possession of forgery writing, a third-degree felony; one count of tampering with evidence, a class A misdemeanor; one count of theft, a class B misdemeanor; and one count of interference with an arresting officer, a class B misdemeanor.
Another hearing is set for Dec. 19.
Farmington police said Candelario had passed some "poor-quality $20 bills" at Lagoon this summer to pay for games and other items. One Lagoon employee realized he had been handed a fake bill and contacted security.
According to the probable cause affidavit, the employee then pointed out Candelario to the police officer. When the officer detained Candelario, he found that Candelario was standing on a bogus $20 bill, trying to hide the money under his foot.
And then the search of Candelario's pockets netted "numerous other counterfeit $20 bills ... along with wads of legitimate bills," according to the document.
The "wads" contained between $17 and $19, "which is consistent with change given when a $20 bill is used at Lagoon's games," according to the document.
Then a witness told police they saw Candelario throw something into the bushes before the officer got near. When officers searched the bush, they found "wads of counterfeit $20 bills, with the same serial numbers as the ones found in his pockets," according to the document.
Lagoon employees at seven different games said Candelario passed $20 bills at their booths, according to the document.
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