FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ (Sussex County) – A Sussex County man is multiple charges after he allegedly used and attempted to use counterfeit money, polcie said.
Christopher D. Pennella, 24, of Franklin Borough was charged with two counts of forgery and two counts of theft by deception.
On Dec. 8 at around 8:00 p.m., police responded to Taco Bell, located on State Highway 23, for a report of a person attempting to utilize counterfeit currency, police said.
Police discovered that the same suspect had used counterfeit currency on Dec. 5 at around 10:00 p.m. in the Taco Bell Restaurant and was successful in obtaining food and beverage at that time utilizing the counterfeit currency, police said.
A police investigation revealed that Pennella had taken the counterfeit money from an unknown person and utilized it on Dec. 5 and attempted to use the money on Dec. 8, police said.
The investigation is pending and additional charges may follow.
Local businesses are asked to report any recent fraudulent transactions utilizing counterfeit currency which may involve Pennella to Detective Daniel Flora at 973-827-7700 ext. 237.