Language can fool you. When I saw the headline of this Missouri article ("‘Movie money’ counterfeit bill passed in Maryville"), I thought a local government had passed legislation about 'Movie Money'. Now THAT would be news, since it's already illegal and the job of the Secret Service to police. But instead, it was just another article about 'movie money' being spent as real. One thing that was different about this story was the illustration; usually these cases invoice fake $100 bills - I think this is the first prop twenty I've seen in a while. The smiling Jackson is a little creepy.
The Maryville Department of Public Safety received a report of a passed counterfeit bill over the weekend.
Obviously a fake, the bogus $20 note is apparently a prop of the sort used in movies and television shows.
The bill bears the likeness of a smiling Andrew Jackson along with the words “cinematic movie prop money, for motion picture use only” and “motion picture prop money” clearly displayed across the top and bottom.
According to the police, while the note appears phony even at a glance, it feels like the real thing and might easily pass as legal tender during a transaction in which it was included with, or hidden by, genuine bills.
Lt. Ron Christian said Tuesday that, so far as he knows, the prop-money twenty, passed at a local business, is the only reported counterfeit bill to surface locally over the past few days.
Late last month, the Associated Press filed a report about a $20 prop bill, similar to the one turned in locally, that was passed in Aliquippa, a city of 9,400 in western Pennsylvania.
This Jackson portrait reminds me of SOMEBODY, but I'll be damned if I know who. I'm thinking actor or game show host. Suggestions, anyone?
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‘Movie money’ counterfeit bill passed in Maryville
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