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Police: Long Island men found with counterfeit cash

Ramel Epps, 23, of Freeport (left), and Frederick Barrett, 31, of Hempstead (right), are accused of using fake currency to make purchases a Rockville Centre store, Nassau County police say.
Ramel Epps, 23, of Freeport (left), and Frederick Barrett, 31, of Hempstead (right), are accused of using fake currency to make purchases a Rockville Centre store, Nassau County police say.
Photo Credit: Nassau County Police Dept.

Two men were arrested at a store in Rockville Centre on Monday after cops said they tried to use counterfeit $100 bills and they are also alleged to have used the phony money before, according to a March 25 news release.

Nassau County police allege Ramel Epps, 23, of Freeport, Frederick Barrett, 31, of Hempstead, and two unidentified women walked into a CVS on Merrick Road in Rockville Centre on Sunday and “made purchases using counterfeit $100 dollar bills.”

Epps and Barrett then allegedly went back to the store early Monday and “tried to purchase more items using additional counterfeit $100 dollar bills,” the news release said. Police said employees at the store recognized the men and called Rockville Centre Police.

When they were arrested, the men were found with 55 counterfeit bills in their possession, cops said.

Epps was charged with 31 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and Barrett was charged with 19 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument. Both men were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.

Police are still looking for the two women.