Bogus U.S. bills had wrong president

Sept. 22, 2005 at 1:55 PM
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ELGIN, Ill., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Some counterfeiters in the Chicago area took advantage of public ignorance to pass fake $100 bills that had Lincoln's portrait instead of Ben Franklin's.

The funny money began showing up at businesses in Elgin and St. Charles, Ill., two weeks ago -- passed at retailers, a grocery store, a gas station and a video store, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday.

The low-rent forgers apparently washed $5 bills until the ink was so thin they could reprint the bills to look like $100s.

However, the phony bills still had the image of Abraham Lincoln instead of Benjamin Franklin in what should have been a dead giveaway missed by some cashiers and clerks.

The Tribune said police were reviewing security camera surveillance videotapes at a supermarket where a man fled last week after workers refused to accept one of the bad bills.

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