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.
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.
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Feds: Man Was Making $5 Bills Into $100s
Wayne Homren, Editor
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