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Posted: 3/14/2006 8:19:52 PM EDT
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The counterfeit money looked good, but there was one flaw. There's no such thing as a one billion dollar bill.

U.S. Customs agents in California said on Tuesday they had found 250 bogus billion dollar bills while investigating a man charged with currency smuggling.

Tekle Zigetta, 45, pleaded guilty to three federal counts of trying to bring cash, phony bills and a fake $100,000 gold certificate into the United States in January.

Further investigation led agents to a West Hollywood apartment where they found the stash of yellowing and wrinkled one billion dollar bills with an issue date of 1934 and bearing a picture of President Grover Cleveland.

"You would think the $1 billion denomination would be a giveaway that these notes are fake, but some people are still taken in," said James Todak, a secret services agent involved in the probe.


Link Posted: 3/14/2006 8:20:29 PM EDT
Saw that on the news... Was rather funny.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 8:22:12 PM EDT
What a damn genius.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 8:22:49 PM EDT
I just saw that a few minutes ago on another website, I laughed my ass off!!
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 8:24:00 PM EDT
Why didn't I think of that.


Even better, 1 trillion dollar bills
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 8:24:59 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 8:26:05 PM EDT
"OK sir, your total comes to 37 dollars and 58 cents."


"Ummmm... right. You got change for a Billion? "


Link Posted: 3/14/2006 8:26:41 PM EDT
He should have tried a smaller amount... like a $2 bill.

No, he would have been suspected of counterfitting anyway.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 8:27:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NimmerMehr:
He should have tried a smaller amount... like a $2 bill.

No, he would have been suspected of counterfitting anyway.




But whats funny, is some people will be live the billion dolalr bill over the $2 bill...
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 10:51:56 PM EDT
How can you be tried for counterfiting something that has never existed in the first place?
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 11:00:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By stefbo:
How can you be tried for counterfiting something that has never existed in the first place?



You cant. Although imagine going to a strip club and tipping a stripper with that. Just imagine how many lapdances you will get.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 11:26:58 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 12:26:35 AM EDT
With all this new currency the Treasury is pumping out nowadays...large face, offset face, colorized, etc....its no wonder that counterfeiters are having a field day with the "unwashed masses".

Hell, I had a cashier give me a dirty look when I handed her one of those new "full face" nickels.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 12:41:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/15/2006 12:44:37 AM EDT by TravisAKASloth]

Originally Posted By FieroLoki:

Originally Posted By NimmerMehr:
He should have tried a smaller amount... like a $2 bill.

No, he would have been suspected of counterfitting anyway.




But whats funny, is some people will be live the billion dolalr bill over the $2 bill...



$2..for those counterfitters that don't want their work compared to the real thing.


Link Posted: 3/15/2006 6:57:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By rasanders22:

Originally Posted By stefbo:
How can you be tried for counterfiting something that has never existed in the first place?



You cant. Although imagine going to a strip club and tipping a stripper with that. Just imagine how many lapdances you will get.



I better be getting a lot more than a lap dance from a lot more than one stripper for a billion dollar tip.
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