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Merrimack man accused of using fake money at Framingham store

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) – A Merrimack man has been charged with using fake currency to make gift card purchases in Massachusetts.

Matthew Waters pleaded not guilty to counterfeiting charges Monday after he was arrested for allegedly using fake $10 bills to buy cards Sunday at a Framingham store. ...

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) – A Merrimack man has been charged with using fake currency to make gift card purchases in Massachusetts.

Matthew Waters pleaded not guilty to counterfeiting charges Monday after he was arrested for allegedly using fake $10 bills to buy cards Sunday at a Framingham store.

An employee contacted police, who allege the 34-year-old Waters had counterfeit currency on his person and, after executing a search warrant, in his motel room. Police say two bills he used to buy the gift card had the same serial number.

“He has been under investigation by the Secret Service for a year,” prosecutor Jennifer Thompson told Judge Douglas Stoddart during Waters’ arraignment. “He was selling counterfeit coins at pawnshops.”

The MetroWest Daily News reports that Waters’ lawyer argued that the bills found in the motel wouldn’t count as counterfeit because they were printed on only one side.

Waters was held after bail in outstanding counterfeiting cases was revoked.