Bethlehem Police arrested a Troy man for allegedly using counterfeit fifty dollar bills earlier in year, following a nine-month investigation.
Police said the investigation showed that in February and March of 2014, multiple counterfeit fifty dollar bills were used at stores in the Capital District to purchase `high-end electronic gaming consoles.` The gaming consoles were then returned to another store from the same chain, and genuine currency was received, said police. The incidents were reported in Albany, Rennselaer, Saratoga, Montgomery and Ulster counties.
As a result of the investigation led by the Bethlehem Police Department, Talib A. Parker, 28, of Troy, was developed as a suspect. Through the continuous investigative efforts of police, Parker was arrested on a sealed indictment handed up by an Albany County Grand Jury. On Friday, Dec., 18, Troy Police stopped Parker’s vehicle and arrested him on the strength of the indictment warrant, said police.
Parker was arraigned in Albany County Court on Dec. 19, on nine felony counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree and one felony count of conspiracy in the fourth degree, and remanded to the Albany County Jail.
This investigation was the result of the joint efforts of detectives from the Bethlehem Police Department, Guilderland Police Department, New York State Police, United States Secret Service and the Albany County District Attorney’s Office Financial Crimes Unit.