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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 41, October 10, 2010, Article 28

COUNTERFEITER CAUGHT MAKING $5 BILLS INTO $100S

There are so many news stories about counterfeiters each week that I rarely bother to highlight any. But every once in a while something a little more interesting turns up. Here's a story from the Detroit area about a man caught bleaching $5 to turn them into $100s. -Editor

Toothbrushes and oven cleaners were just some of the things federal agents said a Michigan man was using to make counterfeit money.

According to a criminal complaint filed in the United States' attorney's office for the Eastern District of Michigan, the man is accused of altering legitimate $5 bills into $100.

Agents said they began conducting undercover surveillance in early September at the Best Western Hotel in Allen Park, watching a man -- and at times two other people -- make runs back and forth between a Dollar General in Melvindale and room 329 at the hotel.

The men were seen purchasing baking sheets, oven cleaner and toothbrushes, the complaint said -- all of which are commonly used to bleach currency.

Agents said when they executed a search of the hotel room, they found "counterfeit $100 bills sticking out from underneath the mattress of the bed," counterfeiting supplies and a printer/copier.

The complaint said 49 counterfeit $100 bills and eight bleached $5 bills were found.

To read the complete article, see: Feds: Man Was Making $5 Bills Into $100s (www.clickondetroit.com/news/25290261/detail.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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