Police: Mass. man in jail after attempting to use counterfeit cash in Maine

Fernando Paniss III
Old Orchard Police Department
Fernando Paniss III
Posted Aug. 03, 2012, at 2:51 p.m.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine — A Massachusetts man who attempted to use counterfeit money at Palace Playland was arrested on Thursday, according to police.

Fernando Paniss III, 41, of Milford, Mass., allegedly attempted to pass three counterfeit $20 bills, according to Old Orchard Beach Deputy Chief Keith Babin.

The attendant notified her boss of the bills and notified police, Babin said.

Paniss was located a short time later near Palace Playland, and he had four counterfeit $20 bills in his possession, along with a white substance that turned out to be cocaine, Babin said.

Paniss was arrested and booked on charges of aggravated forgery and two counts of unlawful possession of a Schedule W drug.

Paniss was taken to the York County Jail, where he remained Friday afternoon. His criminal history includes convictions of larceny, assault and battery, shoplifting, domestic assault and battery and cocaine possession.

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