CEDAR GROVE, NJ - An East Orange man was arrested and charged with passing counterfeit bills in Cedar Grove in the late afternoon of Christmas Eve.  

Police were alerted by an employee at the CVS located on the corner of Pompton and East Bradford Avenues that a man had attempted to use two counterfeit $100 bills.  A broadcast went out regarding the suspect's last know location and direction.  A short time later, Officer Christopher Heck located a man matching the suspect's description driving a white Ford Escape and exiting the Foodtown Shopping Center headed southbound on Rt. 23.

Officer Heck stopped the vehicle at the Mobile Gas Station at Myrtle Avenue.  According to police reports, the suspect, Peace Kumeh age 22, initially denied any involvement, but after further investigation he was arrested for passing the forged bills.  Additional counterfeit bills were found inside the vehicle and it was determined that Kumeh had used the fake money at Foodtown before his arrest.  

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Kumeh was charged with one count of possession of forgery documents, one count of exhibiting fals documents, two counts of forgery/uttering and one count of hindering apprehension.  Kumeh also had two outstanding warrants against him.  

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