Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Faking money -- badly

Sometimes counterfeiting works, and sometimes it doesn't. The same applies even if you are a real amateur at faking it.
A local man was arrested and placed behind bars for allegedly trying to pass $10 bills as $100 bills.

Daniel Bryant, 20, was arrested following a year-long investigation. According to an arrest affidavit, Bryant and another man attempted to use a real $10 bill that was forged to resemble a $100 bill.

Detectives said that Bryant did manage to successfully use one forged bill at an area grocery store and did receive change back. When police searched Bryant's home, they found 12 more bills he was in the process of forging, police said.
(from KSAT-12)

You may ask, how did these guys fake a hundred with a ten-dollar bill? They cut extra zeros from one $10 and taped them onto another one to make it look like the bill said "100" instead. That's how. And I'm absolutely amazed that their Mickey Mouse trick actually worked in one instance. That grocery store clerk that took that altered ten-spot and gave change for a hundred must be feeling pretty embarrassed right now.

UPDATE: Here's KENS-5 video that shows how they did it.

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