Police: Mechanicville woman used fake money to make vehicle purchase

A Mechanicville woman is accused of using fake money to buy one vehicle and attempting to purchase another.

Jennifer M. Landry, 39, is facing charges of grand larceny, attempted grand larceny, conspiracy and criminal simulation.

The investigation stemmed from a tip State Police received on July 29. It was from a Troy resident, and mentioned a woman who tried to buy a vehicle listed on Facebook Marketplace using fraudulent currency. The money is labeled as “FOR MOTION PICTURE USE ONLY,” to the right of the picture, State Police said. 

The seller identified the money as fake and refused the transaction, State Police said.

Landry is then accused of buying a vehicle from a Lake Luzerne resident on August 3 using multiple fake $100 bills. After she left, the seller realized the money was fake. The South Burlington Police Department in Vermont helped find the vehicle on Aug. 13. 

A warrant was issued for Landry’s arrest, and she was picked up on Dec. 9 in Colonie.

She was arraigned in Warren County Centralized Arraignment Court and sent to Warren County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

Similar incidents involving the fake money have been reported and are being investigated by local law enforcement agencies, State Police said. The public is advised to be vigilant.