A Long Island man (Cyheam Forney) was arrested for driving on a suspended license, which is a misdemeanor. While attempting to make bail, he tried to pay with a counterfeit $50 bill.
The AP reports what occurred at this point:
Forney was arrested on a misdemeanor suspended license charge — until officers said he proffered the counterfeit currency as bail money. He was being held early Friday on a felony charge of possessing a forged instrument.According to the AP, Mr. Forney could not be located for comment. Given that he is hard to locate -- drives on suspended licenses then tries to pay bail with funny money -- I wonder if he will appear on his designated court date?
With advancements in printer technology, counterfeit money has become a serious problem. This is the primary reason the U.S. Treasury has been issuing new series of bills with security features designed to make our currency harder to counterfeit.
If you want to learn how to tell good money from bad, the United States Secret Service has an excellent page on it. Additionally, more information (including training materials) can be obtained free of charge at moneyfactory.gov.
AP Story, here.
My last post on funny money also had a unusual, if not sick twist:
Girl Scouts get scammed with fake $100 bill