NORTH ATTLEBORO - Police say a man passed counterfeit $100 bills with the watermark of a $5 bill on them on three days at Target off Route 1.
The suspect was apprehended in Rhode Island after a Central Falls police officer recognized a surveillance photo local police gave out to law enforcement agencies. He was arraigned Wednesday in Attleboro District Court.
Dana T. Leland, 29, who authorities say has a record of similar crimes in Rhode Island, was ordered held on $1,000 cash bail or $10,000 surety after pleading innocent to three counts each of uttering a counterfeit note and possession of a counterfeit note
Leland, of 5 Dix Ave., Apt. 3, in Pawtucket, allegedly purchased socks or other items for less than $25 with the counterfeit bills, then left the store with the change, police said.
Assistant District Attorney Anthony Riccio requested $2,500 cash bail, noting the suspect's Rhode Island record.
His lawyer, Lynn Porecca of Attleboro, said her client was struggling with drug and alcohol problems and untreated mental health issues. She said that after a lengthy period of sobriety he had recently suffered a relapse.
She asked for $500 cash bail.
Leland is due back in court Dec. 11.