A local man will be spending a significant time behind bars after he tried to pass off phony American money at a Bracebridge pharmacy.
On Tuesday in Bracebridge court, Jason Hendrick, 37, of Parry Sound, pleaded guilty to a range of charges including uttering counterfeit money, assault and several violations of court orders.
Court heard that in July of 2020 Hendrick attended a pharmacy in Bracebridge where he purchased a $240 pair of headphones with counterfeit American money. He later returned to the pharmacy asking for a refund on his purchase in Canadian dollars. He received the refund but employees became suspicious and ultimately found discrepancies with the currency, and confirmed it was counterfeit.
When Hendrick returned to the same store several days later and attempted to make another purchase with the counterfeit American funds the police were contacted and he was arrested.
In addition to pleading guilty to passing the counterfeit money, Hendrick also pleaded guilty to breaching his probation, assault, failing to attend court and failing to abide by court ordered terms.
Hendrick appeared via video link from prison where he is currently serving time for robberies in the Barrie and Orillia areas.
He was scheduled for release in mid-October on those crimes, but in Bracebridge Court, a joint position was put forward and accepted by the judge to add an extra five and a half months of jail time to his current sentence.
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