GENESEO — Two New York City residents are facing numerous felony charges in Livingston County after an investigation of counterfeit money, said Sheriff Thomas Dougherty.
On Feb. 11, at approximately 2:30 p.m., members of the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and Criminal Investigations Division responded to the Genesee Valley Plaza for the report of two females passing counterfeit $100 bills at stores in the plaza.
The investigating Deputy Sheriffs found that the two females had allegedly passed the fake currency at five different stores in the plaza and attempted to pass them in several other stores. Sheriff’s Investigators were able to find video evidence that provided a description of the suspects as well as a vehicle they were using.
The information was broadcasted to law enforcement statewide through the Livingston County Communications Center, as well as an informational bulletin put out by the Monroe Crime Analysis Center (MCAC) and at approximately 1:10 a.m. on Feb. 12, the suspects and vehicle were located by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office while investigating a suspicious vehicle complaint at a gas station in Pittsford.
Sheriff’s Investigators from Livingston County responded to the scene where Courtney M. Reed, 28, and Denise Gonzalez, 31, were taken into custody.
Reed and Gonzalez were arrested and each charged with five counts of felony Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the first-degree, five counts of felony Conspiracy in the fourth-degree, and five counts of Petit Larceny.
In addition, Gonzalez was arrested and charged with felony Forgery in the second-degree and Criminal Impersonation as she initially provided a false name and date of birth to Sheriff’s Investigators along with signing official documents with the false name.
Reed and Gonzalez were turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. Under the NYS Justice Reform Act, the offenses qualified for arraignment but did not qualify for a Judge to set bail and instead required their release.
Reed and Gonzalez were later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Mount Morris Justice David Provo. The Judge did release both on their own recognizance (ROR) per the new law and Deputies did set them free. Both were given a future date to appear in the Town of Geneseo Court.
The United States Secret Service also assisted with the investigation which is ongoing.
“This case was a great success from the very beginning with Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators aggressively investigating the counterfeit bills and quickly getting a broadcast out to area agencies,” stated Sheriff Dougherty. “The bulletin put out by MCAC was instrumental in leading to the suspects being identified, as well as the situational awareness of a proactive Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy. Collaboration is key in this era and I commend our members, including the Dispatchers assigned to our Communications Bureau, the personnel assigned to MCAC, members of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and members of the United States Secret Service for their expertise in counterfeit bills. The only negative to this case was the newly enacted bail reform which forced the Judge to set them free. We can only hope they return but if not, rest assured we will again partner with law our enforcement partners and hunt them down to haul them back here to answer to their charges.”