The bogus $100 bills were clearly marked, front and back, “For Motion Picture Use Only.”
But, Nassau County police said, that didn’t stop two women from trying to use the counterfeit money for purchases or exchange them for cash Wednesday in Levittown.
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Making matters worse, police said the pair fled the scene, striking a parked car and a pedestrian with their vehicle. No serious injuries were reported.
The victim whose car was struck in the hit-and-run followed the women home and called police.
Sarah Abraham, 19, of Levittown, and Krystal Joushan, 19, of Hicksville, were arrested and charged with petty larceny. Joushan was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident without reporting.
Police said that at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Abraham and Joushan went to a strip mall on North Jerusalem Avenue in Levittown and entered “several stores” to exchange the fake bills “for real money” or use them to make purchases.
It was not immediately clear if any of the merchants had fallen for the fakes, though a subsequent investigation determined Abraham had used one of the bills successfully Tuesday at Europa Supermarket in Mineola, police said.