MILFORD — A Syracuse woman is facing counterfeiting charges after police say she tried to use four bogus $20 bills to make a purchase in a Milford store.
Tia Shae Calland, 28, 516 Prairie Drive, Syracuse, is charged with counterfeiting, a level 6 felony.
According to officers with the Milford Police Department, an employee with the Dollar General store in Milford alerted authorities after a woman, later identified as Calland attempted to make a purchase in the store with counterfeit bills.
According to the affidavit probable cause, the employee said a man and woman came into the store on Feb. 26 and placed merchandise on the counter to purchase. The employee said the couple gave her four $20 bills to pay for the purchases, but that she tested the bills and deemed them to be counterfeit. She told police at that time, she told the couple she would have to confiscate the bills and that she could not accept them as payment. The woman told police that the female shopper placed some of the items back on store shelves and produced genuine currency to make the purchase of the remaining items.
Police reviewed surveillance footage of the incident and identified the female shopper as Calland. Calland was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail on the counterfeiting charge, along with several drug-related charges on March 6.