Three Uniondale High School students accused of possessing counterfeit money and handing out the bogus bills on campus have been suspended, district officials said Wednesday.
Nassau police said Kquamel Jones, 16, of Hempstead, and Teisean Kemp, 16, and Melvin Pineda, 17, both of Uniondale, gave several counterfeit $20 bills to fellow students at the school on March 11.
Jones had 10 of the bills when police arrested the trio Tuesday at the school, authorities said.
According to police, Pineda made a purchase with the fake money Sunday at the BJ's Wholesale Club in Levittown.
The teens, who are all being charged as adults, each pleaded not guilty Wednesday to several felony counts of possession of a forged instrument at their arraignments in First District Court in Hempstead.
Hempstead attorney Guy Allen, representing Pineda, said his client has no criminal record. "I feel certain that the matter will be properly resolved," he said.
"I think in the end it will result in a favorable disposition for him," said Jones' attorney, Greg Madey of Mineola.
Kemp's attorney could not be reached.
Jones and Pineda were both conditionally released; bail for Kemp was set at $500 cash or bond.
Kemp's next court date is Friday. Jones is scheduled to appear next Wednesday; Pineda on April 8.
Police said the counterfeit money was first spotted when it was used Feb. 12 as payment for a school pizza party.
Detectives are still searching for the source of the bogus cash.
"The alleged conduct of these students does not represent the students of Uniondale Union Free School District," Superintendent William Lloyd said in a statement.Further details on the suspensions were not available.