GENESEO — Two Buffalo residents were arrested on felony forgery-related charges after an investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

On Feb. 4, at approximately 3:55 p.m., deputies were called to Wegmans in the Town of Geneseo, for a report that a subject attempted to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at a register and had then fled from the store. Store employees obtained a vehicle description and provided it to law enforcement.

The vehicle was located on Route 20a near Exit 8 by Undersheriff Matthew Bean, and a vehicle stop was made on Interstate 390 with the assistance of State Police. The vehicle was found to be occupied by two males, Elijah K. Davis and Tawan I. Davis, both 22 of Buffalo.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Forensic Identification Unit, and Command Staff, along with the United Stated Secret Service investigated the incident, and allege that both suspects in the vehicle had gone into Wegmans with counterfeit $100 bills at different times. Both suspects attempted to make a small purchase with the counterfeit money with the attempt of receiving real money as change. The suspects were also found to be in possession of 10 additional counterfeit $100 bills. Sheriff's Investigators also seized approximately $2,500 in legitimate US currency from the vehicle, as well as thousands of dollars in high end merchandise.

Elijah Davis and Tawan Davis were charged with felony, first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and Petit Larceny for the incident at Wegmans. Both were also charged with felony, first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrumen for the possession of the counterfeit bills during the traffic stop.

Elijah and Tawan Davis were later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of York Justice Thomas Porter. The judge remanded both to the custody of the Sheriff on bail of $30,000 cash or $60,000 bond.

The investigation is continuing and several other cases from across Western NY are being pending. There are also believed to be other cases related to this incident in New York State, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland and Sheriff’s Investigators and the Secret Service are working collaboratively to further the investigations.

“A job well done by Joe Livingston with Wegman’s loss prevention in identifying the fraudulent bill and reporting it quickly, and to the Undersheriff in spotting the vehicle,” stated Sheriff Dougherty. “The case was solved within minutes from the time of the call and I commend not only Joe Livingston and US Bean but also the Troopers that assisted on the stop and roadside, and the many Deputies, Sheriff’s Investigators, and Secret Service Agents who investigated the case. I am proud of Livingston County law enforcement and the collaborative efforts. Criminals should know that Livingston County is not a good place to commit crimes.”