Police: Mass. man pays fine with fake bills

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BOSTON (AP) – Authorities say a Watertown resident already facing a charge of driving with a suspended license landed in more trouble when he tried to pay the fine with phony bills.

Prosecutors say 24-year-old Fernando Costa paid the $250 fine in Brighton District Court this week with two $100 bills, two $20 bills and a $10 bill, all of which turned out to be counterfeit.

A court clerk conducting tests on the money determined they were fake, then confirmed it with a nearby bank.

The clerk contacted police, and even though Costa had fled the courthouse, officers tracked him down a short distance away and arrested him.

Costa was held because he was wanted on an immigration warrant for allegedly being in the U.S. illegally.

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