PORTLAND, Maine — A New York City man arrested earlier this year at the Maine Mall in South Portland pleaded not guilty Friday to federal charges in connection with his alleged circulation of $1,000 in counterfeit $100 bills.
Andrew Cupidore, 21, originally was charged in state court with aggravated forgery and endangering the welfare of a child. He was arrested April 21 with four female juveniles who were passing off phony $100 bills for him.
Cupidore pleaded not guilty Friday to one count of uttering counterfeit obligations or securities. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, “uttering” means to put into circulation.
U.S. Magistrate Judge John H. Rich III ordered Cupidore be held without bail temporarily. A bail hearing is set for June 27 in federal court in Portland.
South Portland police found Cupidore hiding in a mall bathroom April 21. The investigation that led to his arrest began earlier in the day after a mall employee reported a teenage girl had tried to pass a $100 counterfeit bill, according to a previously published report.
He was charged in Cumberland County with aggravated forgery, a Class B felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a Class D misdemeanor.
If convicted, Cupidore faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on the federal charges. The state charges could be dismissed once the case in U.S. District Court is closed.