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Massena woman picked up on bench warrant, sent to county jail for passing counterfeit bills

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BENCH WARRANT - MASSENA - A Massena woman charged with passing counterfeit $20 bills in the fall of 2011 has been jailed after she reportedly failed to appear in court as directed on a forgery count pending in Massena Village Court.

Village police said state troopers picked up Tori A. Paquin, 22, of 93 1/2 Maple St., Massena, on the bench warrant Thursday evening during a traffic stop and turned her over to village police at 10:15 p.m. Thursday. She was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond.

Village police had charged Paquin with two felony counts of first-degree forgery after she allegedly passed counterfeit bills last October 2011 at establishments in Massena.

Police said that at about 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Paquin presented two counterfeit $20 bills at Woody’s General Store in Massena in exchange for small denominations.

She is also accused of presenting a counterfeit $20 bill that same day at the Sunoco store in Massena to purchase goods.

In a statement she signed for police, Paquin said she was at her mother’s house looking for something to take so she could sell it and buy some drugs.

“While I was looking through a drawer in the living room I found $20 bills. There was about $100 in 20s. I took about $60 in 20s. The money looked real to me,” she said.

Paquin said that, when she attempted to use the money to purchase drugs, she was told it was counterfeit.

“I then went to Sunoco and bought a Red Bull. I got money off of my card at the same time. I got change back from this fake $20 I passed. I bought drugs with the change I got from Sunoco,” she told police.

Paquin said that she took two $20 bills to Woody’s General Store and was successful in getting change.

“I then left at this time. I think it was a few days after that is when I went back to Woody’s General Store with two more of the fake $20.00. I asked the cashier if he would give me change for $40. He took the money from me and then realized they were fake. He told me the money was not real and called his boss,” Paquin said in her statement, noting she returned home and tore up the remaining counterfeit money.

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