A 24-year-old man was taken into police custody after being busted attempting to use counterfeit $50 bills at a Fairfield County ice cream shop and restaurant nearly two years ago, investigators said.
Investigators from the Darien Police Department were dispatched to Gofer Ice Cream on Post Road on Nov. 30, 2017, where there was a report of suspicious suspects using the counterfeit bills. The same men later used similar bills at a nearby restaurant to order drinks.
According to police, in Gofer, three men entered the building, made their orders and paid with individual $50 bills, two of which had the same serial number.
Police said that at Ten Twenty Post, which shares the building with Gofer, one of the suspects in his 20s entered and sat at the bar. He was quickly joined by two others who sat down next to him. Each ordered a drink, paid with a different $50 bill and left after receiving their change.
After accepting the counterfeit cash, the bartender became suspicious, police said. Upon further inspection, two of those bills also had the same serial number. An investigation into the bills was launched, and a suspect, Brooklyn resident Amenaghaw Simms, was seen on footage in both the bar and ice cream shop.
An arrest warrant was applied for and granted. On May 23, investigators at the Darien Police Department was notified by New York State Police that Simms was in their custody for a different infraction. On June 4, detectives took custody of Simms in Kings County Criminal Court.
Simms was transported back to Darien where he was charged with six counts each of conspiracy to larceny, larceny and forgery. Simms is being held on a $50,000 bond. No return court date has been announced.
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