Those "Motion Picture Money" counterfeits are getting around. An earlier story reported their use in Brainerd, Minnesota. Dick
Hanscom of Alaska Rare Coins forwarded this report from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, where a suspect tried unsuccessfully to
hide her fakes. -Editor
A woman who was charged in connection with the alleged use of counterfeit money at an adult entertainment store was found with drugs and
$900 of bogus bills inside her body when booked into jail early Saturday morning.
Chelsea Marie Sperry, 31, of Fairbanks, was arrested after she and a male companion allegedly used a phony $100 bill to pay for
merchandise at Castle Megastore on Old Steese Highway.
During the booking process a corrections officer noticed Sperry making “furtive movements” toward her [self], according to the
complaint. Sperry was put through a body scanner, which revealed the presence of foreign objects in her body.
A female officer searched Sperry and found six $100 bills, three $50 bills, seven $20 bills and one $10 bill — all counterfeit — hidden
inside one of her body cavities. A genuine $10 bill was found inside a different cavity, according to the complaint.
The officer also found about eight grams of methamphetamine, six morphine sulfate pills, a little less than a quarter-gram of heroin and
40 small baggies inside Sperry, the complaint says.
The counterfeit bills were missing all normal security features, including watermarks and security threads, and one of the $100 bills
had the same serial number as the one used at Castle Megastore, according to the complaint.
The phony bills are clearly marked “for motion picture use only” and have been used at three other local stores in the past two weeks,
according to city spokeswoman Amber Courtney.
To read the complete article, see:
woman found with counterfeit money
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
SPENDING "MOTION PICTURE USE ONLY" MONEY
The arrest report made the London Daily Mail, appropriately tarted up with more photos and a headline guaranteed to put this issue
in everyone's spam folder (So you'll have to find it on your own). It had attracted over 240 comments when I saw it Saturday
morning. My favorites? "Always wash your hands after handling money" and "Did they find Jimmy Hoffa?" -Editor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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