Police: Be On Lookout For Bogus Bills in Port City, Man Arrested


On Feb. 27, 2020, the Oswego Police Department arrested Richard M. Szymanski (age 42) of Oswego charging him with one count of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree- C felony and petit larceny-A misdemeanor. 

The arrest stems from an incident that was reported to police on Feb. 26, 2020 from a local business that an individual purchased items using counterfeit money.

A subsequent investigation by the Oswego Police Department’s criminal investigation division led to the arrest of Szymanski as it is alleged Szymanski had possessed several counterfeit bills with knowledge they were counterfeit and used them to make a purchase defrauding the business.  

Szymanski was arraigned in Oswego CAP Court on the above charges and released on his own recognizance. Szymanski was remanded on a separate matter to the Oswego county Jail on a NYS Parole Warrant.  

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident or has other information regarding counterfeit currency is encouraged to contact the Oswego Police Department at (315)342-8120. 


OSWEGO – Over the last two weeks, the Oswego Police Department has been investigating complaints of counterfeit money that have been circulated to arious local businesses.

“We’re asking the public to be aware and cognizant of fake money circulating throughout the community. The Oswego Police Department is aware and currently investigating and will take all steps necessary to stop the circulation and track the origin” said Mayor Billy Barlow.

The Oswego Police Department would like to remind all businesses to check bills for signs they may be counterfeit and to immediately contact the police if they believe there may be an issue.

Oswego Police Chief Phil Cady said, “The best way to identify counterfeit bills is to utilize the security features within each bill. There is a great website that explains the security features within each denomination. Visit https://www.uscurrency.gov/denominations.”

The Oswego Police Department urges anyone to contact the Oswego Police Department if they encounter a counterfeit bill.

Those wishing to remain anonymous may contact the tip line at (315)342-8131.