NORWALK, Conn. – An 18-year-old Queens, N.Y., woman tried to buy items from the Staples office supply store on Richards Avenue in Norwalk Wednesday using counterfeit bills, police said.
Jenny Balaguer, of Madison Street in the Ridgewood section of Queens, tried to pay for a Kindle Fire, a case for the tablet and printer ink using four $100 bills, according to Sgt. Bruce Hume. The items totaled $327.54.
A store cashier alerted the manager when the bills appeared to have a different feel than regular bills, and, after scanning them, they discovered the bills were fake.
Hume said Balaguer told police she was given the bills by a relative, and that she traveled all the way from Queens to Norwalk because she had heard that “there was good shopping” in the city.
Norwalk Police arrested Balaguer on charges of sixth degree larceny and forgery of symbols of value, which are misdemeanors. Additionally, the department contacted the U.S. Secret Service, which handles counterfeit currency cases, and Balaguer could face federal charges, according to Hume.
Balaguer was held in lieu of a $2,500 bond and was scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court Thursday.