Brooklyn woman arrested for allegedly using counterfeit $100s in Holyoke also suspected in Hadley counterfeit case

Friday, July 18, 2014
HADLEY — Police say a Brooklyn, New York, woman arrested for using counterfeit money in Holyoke on Saturday may also have used counterfeit $100 bills at Best Buy in Hadley’s Hampshire Mall earlier that night.

Holyoke Police Lt. James Albert said Kyasia Kingsberry, 19, was arrested at the Ingleside Mall at 9:30 p.m. on three counts of uttering a counterfeit note and three counts of larceny over $250. He said Target staff called police when Kingsberry tried to use fake $100 bills to purchase an iPod Touch, an iTunes gift card and a store gift card. She was carrying a total of 10 counterfeit $100 bills, he said, which she told police were given to her.

Albert said police also found in her possession a receipt from Best Buy in Hadley, linking her to a counterfeit crime allegedly committed there earlier Saturday evening.

Hadley Police Sgt. John Robitaille said police received a report from Best Buy staff at 6:53 p.m. that a woman used three fake $100 bills to purchase headphones at the store. Robitaille said store security saw her get into the passenger seat of a white four-door car with out-of-state license plates driven by a man.

Robitaille said Sunday night that Holyoke police had arrested the female suspect, but Hadley Police had yet to file any charges against her. Holyoke Police had no leads on the male driving the car, Albert said.

Albert said the U.S. Secret Service, which handles counterfeit currency investigations, is involved.

Rebecca Everett can be reached at reverett@gazettenet.com.