A man has pleaded guilty to forgery and theft charges for using fake money to purchase a cell phone in Leavenworth, according to a prosecution official.

A man has pleaded guilty to forgery and theft charges for using fake money to purchase a cell phone in Leavenworth, according to a prosecution official.

Kurston Daron Townsend, 24, Harrison, Tennessee, entered the plea Friday in Leavenworth County District Court.

The Leavenworth County Attorney’s Office filed charges in July 2017 after a citizen of Leavenworth met with Townsend to sell a cell phone via Facebook’s buy, trade or sell website. When the victim met with Townsend, she provided him with the cell phone, and he gave her a $100 bill that was later determined to be counterfeit currency. The bill had pink Chinese characters on them, and were believed to be “training money” purchased on the internet. After providing the victim with the fake $100 bill, Townsend left with the cell phone, according to a news release from County Attorney Todd Thompson.

Sentencing is scheduled Oct. 19.

“If you are going to buy or sell things online be careful,” Thompson said in the release. “Refuse to be rushed and check the merchandise. Learn about the person you are buying or selling from to see if they are a legitimate person. If you are exchanging online then use a payment method that has protection and never wire money. If you are doing it in person, bring a friend, make it in a public place where people are, and always check the money. Finally, always protect your personal information.”