An Auburn man who recently admitted to passing counterfeit money in Cayuga County has been charged with another felony.
Mathew L. Danforth, formerly of 131 E. Genesee St., was arrested last summer and charged with two counts each of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and first-degree falsifying business records and one count each of petit larceny and fifth-degree conspiracy. In December, the 26-year-old pleaded guilty to the two counts of possessing a forged instrument — class C felonies — telling Judge Mark Fandrich he passed around $300 in fake cash at Wal-Mart on Grant Avenue in April 2016.
At the time of his plea, Fandrich had agreed to sentence Danforth to five years of probation and six months in jail, and released him from Cayuga County Jail on his own recognizance. However, Danforth failed to appear at his sentencing Feb. 7, so a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.
Then, Friday night, Feb. 10, state police in Auburn said officers arrested Danforth after a "domestic incident" with his ex-girlfriend, in which he violated an order of protection by allegedly sending threatening messages via Facebook. He was charged Saturday, Feb. 11, with first-degree criminal contempt, a felony, and second-degree aggravated harassment.
Danforth was arraigned on his new charges in the town of Owasco and remanded to Cayuga County Jail on $15,000 cash, $30,000 bond. He is scheduled to reappear in Owasco Town Court at 4 p.m. Feb. 15.
In addition, in light of his failure to appear at sentencing and his new arrest, Danforth could face five to 15 years in prison on each count involving the counterfeit cash.