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Arrest of West Seneca man for printing fake money announced

The arrest of a 24-year-old West Seneca man on felony charges for allegedly printing his own fake U.S. paper currency and trying to use it was announced Tuesday by Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard.

Ryan Domkowski was arrested Saturday at a gas station on Broadway in the Town of Alden shortly after he allegedly tried to us two fake $20 bills that he allegedly printed himself to prepay for gas at the station.

After he handed the cashier the bills the employee noticed they had the same serial number. Then the employee used a security marker to check the bills and he got the indication they were fake. Domkowski then reportedly became angry, claimed there was nothing wrong with the bills and walked out of the store.

The employee called the sheriff’s office and deputies were quickly sent to the gas station and spotted Domkowski sitting in his parked car there. When the deputies searched Domkowski’s car they found four counterfeit $20 bills with the same serial number and a quantity of marijuana. Domkowski is jailed at the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $50,000 bail pending a court proceeding later this week on charges of first-degree forgery, felony possession of a forged instrument and unlawful possession of marijuana, the sheriff said.