ROMULUS — A Newark man who bailed himself out of the Seneca County Jail with a bogus $100 bill now faces a felony charge after he was arrested again last week.
Steven E. Wilcox, 22, of Madison Street, was charged Wednesday by the sheriff's office with first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. The charge is a class C felony.
Sheriff Tim Luce said on May 29, Wilcox made $200 bail on a previous arrest by using a replica $100 bill and $100 of real money. The next day, a county finance employee noticed the bogus bill while processing bail money.
Sheriff's office Lt. Tim Thompson said although the bogus bill had the word "replica" on the front of the bill twice and was of poor paper quality, it was accepted by a corrections officer who was busy taking bail money.
"It should have been caught," Thompson admitted. "We have fixed the problem, and it should not happen again."
The sheriff's office got an arrest warrant for Wilcox last week. He was taken into custody in Lyons by state police and turned over to the sheriff's office.
Wilcox was taken to the county jail, arraigned on the new charge and remanded in lieu of $1,500 bail or $3,000 bond.