Dumb Criminals

10-Year-Old Counterfeits $20 Bills

Friday, December 16th, 2005 • Filed under Banks, Other

A 10 year old kid and his friends were caught trying to pass off fake $20 bills in the school cafeteria, CBS Chicago reports. The young amateurs were caught when a cafeteria worker thought it was odd that a 4th grader was carrying $20 bills. Though the bills were “pretty good”, that wasn’t good enough to fool the secret service.

The 10-year-old boy admitted he made the cash on his home computer. Police say he enlisted the help of another boy and a girl to help him pass off the cash:

“We were very surprised. We’re working with the Secret Service and they say this is the youngest they’ve ever seen. And, some of it is pretty good quality for a 10-year-old to do by himself,” said Det. Cpl. Darlene Breitenstein with the Gary Police Department.

But there were several giveaways that the bills weren’t quite right. All of the serial numbers were the same. Some of the bills weren’t cut too well, and the paper didn’t feel right.

The three children face charges of forgery and theft.

Very impressive work for a 1o-year-old. The best part is that he’s so young that it probably won’t even be a blemish on his record!

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