2011-09-23 / Top Stories

Queens Man Busted For Using Bad Bucks To Buy Toilet Paper

Tried To Buy Charmin With Funny Money
By Howard Schwach

A Queens man was busted on September 11 for using phony money to purchase Charmin toilet paper from a clerk at the Rite-Aid Pharmacy on Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

According to court records supplied by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Dion Atkinson, 23, of 88-10 178 Street, entered the Rite-Aid at 106-40 Rockaway Beach Boulevard at about 4:10 p.m. and shopped the store’s aisles, picking up a large package of the toilet paper.

When he got to the check-out counter, Atkinson offered the clerk a counterfeit $100 bill as payment.

The clerk noted that the color of the bill was off, more yellow than green and that the paper did not feel like it was the proper thickness.

The manager of the store was notified and he called the police, sources say.

Responding police officers from the 100 Precinct found three more of the counterfeit $100 bills in Atkinson’s front pocket, according to the criminal complaint provided by DA Brown.

According to the complaint, Atkinson gave the arresting officer a hard time, refusing to be handcuffed and flailling his arms in an attempt to avoid arrest.

A secret service agent was called to the precinct and later confirmed that the bills were counterfeit.

Atkinson was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court in Kew Gardens on September 12, charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and resisting arrest.

He is being held for his next court date, which is set for early next month.

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