Why So Spurious?

The TV show Family Guy is chock full or moronic characters. The show takes place in Rhode Island, and if this story is any indication, Family Guy’s characters are not so imaginary.

A Rhode Island man police say used counterfeit $100 bills to make purchases at a Target store made a critical mistake. The bills had a picture of President Abraham Lincoln on them. Real $100 bills bear a picture of Benjamin Franklin. Lincoln’s portrait graces the $5 bill.

Dana Leland of Central Falls, R.I., was held on $1,000 cash bail after pleading not guilty Wednesday in Attleboro District Court to charges of uttering a counterfeit note and possession of a counterfeit note.

It took my two seconds to Google “$100 Bill.” Just under the Wikipedia entry are four crystal clear images of the bills, all adorned with Benjamin Franklin. For cripes sake, Dana, stop being lazy and take some pride in your work.

6 thoughts on “Why So Spurious?

  1. realwest

    Wyatt – from your link:
    “Police tell The Sun Chronicle (http://bit.ly/XbZccR ) the 29-year-old Leland used the fake notes on three consecutive days at the North Attleborough store to buy items worth less than $25.

    Leland’s lawyer said her client has struggled with drug and alcohol problems and untreated mental health issues, and had a relapse.”

    Gee, ya think?!?

  2. Sean D Sorrentino

    if you look at the linked article, it goes back to a previous article in the Sun Chronicle. That article has been updated to show that it wasn’t the face that was Abe Lincoln, it was the watermark.


    This is a much more sophisticated technique. You “wash” the bill clean and then re-print it with a higher denomination. You have to use a $5 (Lincoln) rather than a $1 (Washington) because the $5 has the same offset and larger portrait style as the $100, while the $1 uses the older style centered portrait. Also, the bills are slightly different sizes. Here’s a story about a Arizona person caught the same way.


    I don’t think that either of these constituted “dumb” criminals, outside of the fact that you’d have to be dumb just to be a criminal. This is pretty sophisticated stuff. I’ll bet that the person who passed the note wasn’t the counterfeiter. They rarely are. I bet he was given the money to pass, getting small items and large amounts of change. They he got to keep what he bought and a commission on the change he got back. That insulates the counterfeiter, keeping him from getting arrested.

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