Kingston man arrested on counterfeiting charges

Lucas Martinez

A Kingston man is facing a pair of felonies for, state police allege, trying to buy a real car with fake money.

State police Monday, Oct. 22 arrested Lucas Martinez and charged him with first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and fourth-degree grand larceny, both felonies.

Troopers said that on Oct. 21, Martinez agreed to purchase a motor vehicle that was posted for sale on a smartphone sales app. Martinez met the seller and conducted the transaction, but it was later discovered that he used counterfeit money, troopers said.

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Martinez was arraigned in Town of Kingston Justice Court and sent to Ulster County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in Town of Ulster Court on Oct. 24.

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