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Five arrested for using counterfeit money at the Maine Mall

SOUTH PORTLAND (WGME) -- Five New Yorkers are charged after police say they brought counterfeit money to Maine and tried to spend it in South Portland.  

Detective Steve Webster said an officer was at the Maine Mall on Monday night for a routine follow up, when a store employee approached him and said a customer had just tried to pay with what was clearly a fake $100 bill.

"They ended up locating that girl and that spread to finding another girl and another girl and another girl," said Webster.

There were four girls in all, said Webster, between the ages of 16 and 17.

He said the teens told police they came to Maine from New York City in a van with Andrew Cupidore, 20, who was found hiding in a mall bathroom.

Police recovered counterfeit $100 that added up to more than $1,000.

Webster said Cupidore has a criminal history related to counterfeiting and is suspected of using the minors to make small purchases and walk away with real cash.

"We deal with with (counterfeit bills) quite often, especially at the mall area," said Webster. "But when you have a coordinated attack like this, with several people hitting several stores, there are indications that we were the end of the food chain from New York. They may have stopped a couple places along the way."

The investigation is ongoing. Webster said several other agencies are involved and there could be more arrests.

Cupidore is being held at the Cumberland County Jail on 25,000 cash bail. The teens are at Long Creek Detention Facility.

All are expected to appear in court on Wednesday.