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RI men face counterfeiting charges in Mass.

March 20, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities say two Rhode Island men are facing charges in Massachusetts for allegedly trying to pay their tab at a Boston bar with fake $100 bills.

Felix Perez of Providence, R.I. and Dana Leyland of Pawtucket, R.I., were arraigned Tuesday on charges including of possessing counterfeit notes and uttering counterfeit currency. Perez was held on $1,000 bail while Leyland was held on $7,500 bail but detained without bail on two unrelated cases. He was also accused of giving police a false name. Not guilty pleas were entered on their behalf.

Prosecutors say a bartender at the Charlesmark Hotel called police Monday night to say three men had bought beer and cognac with what he thought were counterfeit bills.

Perez and Leyland were found at another bar nearby. The third man escaped.

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