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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 11, March 12, 2006, Article 36

ANTI-COUNTERFEIT PEN SNAGS INNOCENT LAWYER AT HOOTERS

An attorney in Memphis is the latest person to be falsely accused
of passing counterfeit currency as a result of an anti-counterfeiting
pen.

"I was at Hooter's and gave the waitress a $100 bill. The manager
came back saying the bill was questionable and gave it back to me,"
Sampson says.

MPD Inspector J.M. Willis says old bills like Sampson's 1950's
$100 bill generally show up fake when a money pen is used.

"Just because the pen says it's not a real bill doesn't mean it's
not. That's not a foolproof way to define whether something is real
or not," Willis says.

It turns out, Sampson's was real.

Sampson says when police arrived, he was cuffed and put in the
back of a squad car."

"I have no problem if the officers knew what they were doing. If
they are qualified to check counterfeit money, they know the pens
don't work on old money if you're a professional," Sampson says.

By the way, on the back of the counterfeit pens package is a
warning. That warning says the pens don't work on money older
than 1959."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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