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TOWN OFFICIAL ACCUSED OF PRINTING $10 BILLS

A town official has been accused of using a personal computer to print $10 bills and trying to pass them at a convenience store.

William Tonzi, 43, Throop councilman and water superintendent, has been charged with first-degree forgery and possession of a forged instrument, according to Cayuga County deputies. He was arraigned and released without bail.

Tonzi tried to buy gasoline Tuesday at a convenience store in Port Byron with two counterfeit $10 bills, Sheriff Rob Outhouse said.

"The color and sharpness of the image of these computer-generated bills is remarkably authentic," Outhouse said. "The difference is noticeable in the weight of the bill and the feel of the paper."

Case Marshall, whose family owns the store, said the clerk noticed the bill didn't look right and refused a second bill. The customer paid with a credit card, leaving the bills behind.

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