OC Woman Charged After Paying for Candy, Cigarettes ‘Motion Picture’ Money

| January 16, 2019

CORNPLANTER TWP., Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City woman is facing charges after allegedly using a “Motion Picture” money to purchase candy and cigarettes at a local convenience store.

Court documents indicate Franklin-based State Police filed criminal charges against 18-year-old Tessa Marie Stewart on Jan. 14.

A criminal complaint filed by Tpr. McClimans states that Tessa Marie Stewart arrived at the Kwik Fill along North Seneca Street in Cornplanter Township around 5:45 p.m. on October 18, 2018.

Once inside the store, Stewart paid for two packs of Newport 100’s cigarettes and a pack of Mentos, totaling $18.65. Stewart then presented her identification and a counterfeit $100 bill that was labeled “For Motion Picture Use Only.” The cashier accepted the bill and gave Stewart $81.35 in change. Stewart then exited the store.

The complaint notes that the transaction was recored by video surveillance obtained from Kwik Fill’s security system. Additionally, multiple locations on the $100 bill are labeled “For Motion Picture Use Only,” according to the complaint.

Stewart, a regular customer at the store, was identified by store personnel.

The following charges were filed on Monday, January 14, at Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish’s office:

  • Trademark Counterfeiting – Displays, Misdemeanor 1
  • Theft by Deception – False Impression, Misdemeanor 2
  • Receiving Stolen Property, Misdemeanor 2

Stewart is awaiting a preliminary hearing.


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