Man allegedly sought to pay court fees — with counterfeit bills

While he was already facing charges of operating a motor vehicle without a license, a Watertown man got himself into even deeper trouble when he allegedly tried to pay his court fees with counterfeit bills, police said.

Fernando Costa, 24, allegedly gave a Brighton District Court clerk two $100 bills, two $20 bills, and a $10 bill, all of which proved to be fake when the clerk subjected them to iodine starch and ultraviolet light tests, a police statement said.

When the clerk called police, Costa attempted to flee the courthouse, but he was quickly caught, the statement said.

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He will be charged with possessing and passing counterfeit notes or bank bills.