ATTLEBORO - A 23-year-old landscaper admitted Tuesday to ripping off an elderly customer by giving her a counterfeit $100 bill as repayment of $40 she lent the man for his baby.
Aaron M. Carey, 23, of 19 George St., Apt. 2, in Attleboro, was found guilty in Attleboro District Court moments after he pleaded innocent at arraignment, during which his lawyer argued during a bail hearing that Carey did not know the bill was fake.
Carey was initially ordered held in jail on $500 cash bail, which he could not afford, before changing his mind and admitting to uttering a counterfeit bill and larceny.
Judge Daniel O'Shea found Carey guilty, placed him on probation for one year and ordered him to pay $100 restitution, according to court records.
Police say the 74-year-old victim gave Carey $40 over the weekend after he told her he needed money for diapers, baby formula and a new key for his apartment because he had locked himself out.
Carey was the woman's landscaper, and removed snow from her property, police said.
The woman gave Carey $60 change after he repaid her with a "$100 bill" inside an envelope. The woman saw the bill through the envelope and didn't know it was fake until later when she removed it and realized it was printed on white paper, police said.
Carey was arrested Monday afternoon after an investigation.