Two men and two women from the Bronx section of New York have been charged with trying to pawn off counterfeit $100 bills at a CVS and other Framingham locations, according to a report filed by Framingham police.
The four were arraigned Monday in Framingham District Court, according to court records.
Troy Jamel Griffith, 22, Elijah Jones, 22, Ineablisse Gaitlin, 17, and Elaine Winchester, 22, pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing and attempting to pass off counterfeit notes, according to the court clerk’s office.
A CVS employee at 1280 Worcester Rd. had called police around 9:30 a.m. Aug. 16 after Jones had attempted to use a $100 bill believed to be counterfeit to purchase less than $8 worth of merchandise, according to the police report. Jones was later found to have had a total of $842 in genuine currency in various denominations, in addition to two more $100 counterfeit bills.
Police were interviewing a store manager after Jones was taken into custody when a cashier entered the manager’s office and stated that two women – later identified as Gaitlin and Winchester – had allegedly just been trying to pass off another fake $100 bill. They were both arrested.
Earlier that day, Gaitlin and Winchester had used another $100 counterfeit bill at the Dunkin’ Donuts located inside the Stop & Shop across the street, according to police.
A third person, Griffith, was arrested outside the CVS after arousing police suspicions. Griffith was allegedly found to be carrying more than $2,000 in cash on his person and two more $100 counterfeits in his car, according to police reports.
Griffith later told police that all four had come up together from the Bronx allegedly with the intent of buying inexpensive goods with the counterfeit money. The change would then be taken back to the Bronx and given to the party who supplied the counterfeit bills, according to police.
Winchester and Gaitlin were ordered held pending $1,000 bail. Bail for Jones and Griffith was set at $5,000, according to court records.
A pretrial conference has been scheduled for Sept. 19. The charges carry a maximum sentence of five years in state prison and a $1,000 fine.