A Queens man was arrested at LaGuardia Airport last week on charges that he used a phony $100 bill at a Sag Harbor shop one day in January and then tried, but failed, to pass off another fake bill at another village store.
Daniel L. Gonzalez, 32, of Ozone Park walked into Cavaniola’s Gourmet Cheese S hop on Division Street at about 11 a.m. on January 7 and intentionally and knowingly passed a counterfeit $100 bill to the store clerk, which was accepted, Sag Harbor Village Police said.
He then entered the neighboring Sag Harbor Beverage Store and did the same thing with another fake $100 bill, but the clerk there did not accept it, authorities said.
Mr. Gonzalez was taken into custody at 12:24 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, and charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree and attempted criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, both felonies.
He was apprehended by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police and transported to the Sag Harbor Village Police Department for processing.
A detective was not available this week to answer questions on the case.
Mr. Gonzalez was arraigned in Sag Harbor Village Justice Court the day of his arrest and remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $5,000 bail, police said.