BREWER, Maine — A Carmel teenager tried to pay his way into a Brewer football game and buy pizza with counterfeit $20 bills Saturday night and was arrested for aggravated forgery, Brewer police Sgt. Anthony Pinette said Thursday.
Jonathan Sanipas, 18, went to the Friday night football game between the Brewer Witches and the Mt. Blue Cougars from Farmington with the fake money, the sergeant said.
“He tried to pay his entrance fee with it,” said Pinette. “He was told his bill was not authentic and told to leave.”
The $20 bill Sanipas attempted to use was obviously fake, the sergeant said.
“It looked like something he had photocopied,” Pinette said. “It was printed on cloth paper, but it just didn’t feel right. You could tell immediately.”
Just after midnight, Sanipas illegally used the fake money when he ordered food from Domino’s Pizza and the delivery driver “was paid with two counterfeit $20 bills,” the sergeant said.
Officer Roger Hershey and Cpl. Steve Boyd went to the State Street residence where the pizza was delivered and found Sanipas intoxicated.
He allegedly admitted to using the fake money.
“He said he got them from a friend but refused to tell the officers who,” Pinette said.
Sanipas was arrested and charged with Class B aggravated forgery as well as possession of alcohol by a minor through consumption. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and later released, a jail official said.
The teenager could spend up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the felony forgery charge.