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10-Year-Old Allegedly Counterfeited $20 Bills
CBS Worldwide Inc. ^ | Dec 14, 2005

Posted on 12/15/2005 10:22:40 AM PST by kingattax

School Cashier Turned Money In ---

(CBS) GARY, Ind. A cafeteria worker at an elementary school in northwest Indiana thought it was odd that a 4th grader was paying for lunch with a $20.

According to our news partner, the Post-Tribune, the fourth grader from Gary tried to pay for his food at the school cafeteria with a $20 bill. The money looked real enough, but since kids don’t normally flash such a large wad around school, the cashier turned it in.

Turns out, that's not the only thing that was odd .The cash was counterfeit.

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.



TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: counterfeiting
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1 posted on 12/15/2005 10:22:42 AM PST by kingattax
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To: kingattax

Don't arrest him...find him a job as part of his sentence. Apparently the kid has skill.


2 posted on 12/15/2005 10:26:24 AM PST by madison10
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To: madison10
Don't arrest him...find him a job as part of his sentence. Apparently the kid has skill.

I hear they're hiring in North Korea!
3 posted on 12/15/2005 10:28:37 AM PST by RetroSexual
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To: madison10

Yeah, no judge is gonna put this kid away. I wouldn't go rewarding him, though. I'd just make sure that he understood that what he did was wrong (questionable; he's only 10), give him a slap on the wrist, and send him on his way.


4 posted on 12/15/2005 10:28:44 AM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: madison10

shoot him in the head.


5 posted on 12/15/2005 10:28:49 AM PST by steel_resolve
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To: madison10


Future politician, perhaps?


6 posted on 12/15/2005 10:29:14 AM PST by George Smiley (This tagline deliberately targeted journalists.)
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To: kingattax

This kid,sadly,lacks ambition.Does he not know of the existence of the $100 bill?


7 posted on 12/15/2005 10:29:24 AM PST by Gay State Conservative
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To: steel_resolve
shoot him in the head.

Now THAT'S funny!
8 posted on 12/15/2005 10:30:29 AM PST by yobid (What we have here is a failure to communicate)
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To: kingattax

The kid got greedy. He should have started with ones or fives.


9 posted on 12/15/2005 10:30:42 AM PST by P-40 (http://www.590klbj.com/forum/index.php?referrerid=1854)
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To: George Smiley

He needs to wait till he's 21 so he can pass it in a bar.


11 posted on 12/15/2005 10:31:14 AM PST by eastforker (Under Cover FReeper going dark(too much 24))
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To: George Smiley
Future politician, perhaps?

Nah, future Federal Reserve Board Chairman.

12 posted on 12/15/2005 10:31:38 AM PST by sourcery (Either the Constitution trumps stare decisis, or else the Constitution is a dead letter.)
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To: kingattax
This deserves serious jailtime.

Anybody who would be fooled by a twenty dollar bill printed on a computer by a ten year old should be locked up for a very long time.

When paroled, they can get a job at CBS News.

13 posted on 12/15/2005 10:31:50 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Very good point... though that REALLY would have drawn attention...
Ever heard the phrase
"in small, unmarked bills"
This is because $100.00 bills attract more attention than a measly 'ol 20 bucks. Great point though...
- plewis1250


14 posted on 12/15/2005 10:32:10 AM PST by plewis1250
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To: eastforker

Or go to the titty bar for lap dances.


15 posted on 12/15/2005 10:32:13 AM PST by eastforker (Under Cover FReeper going dark(too much 24))
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To: kingattax

How ironic: fake money for fake food!


16 posted on 12/15/2005 10:32:15 AM PST by PUGACHEV
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To: kingattax

This kid has a bright future.


17 posted on 12/15/2005 10:32:25 AM PST by Junior (From now on, I'll stick to science, and leave the hunting alien mutants to the experts!)
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To: Fixxxer
After several years of dealing with the cafeteria ladies, he probably knew that they weren't able to calculate correct change on a $100.

I'm surprised they were even able to spot a fake $20.

18 posted on 12/15/2005 10:32:42 AM PST by Freedom_no_exceptions (No actual, intended, or imminent victim = no crime. No exceptions.)
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To: Gordongekko909

I'm pretty sure the SS and FBI will have his file in the cabinet with the big red flag.


19 posted on 12/15/2005 10:32:54 AM PST by kx9088
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To: madison10

I'm sorry, how much skill has not been shown, but his willingness to get something for nothing has. I would insist on repaying in labor every one who was defrauded by this "money". If the kid did indeed demonstrate superior work with computer and scanner (perhaps) maybe there is a career out there, but only for those with integrity. enough said.


20 posted on 12/15/2005 10:33:10 AM PST by KC_for_Freedom (Sailing the highways of America, and loving it.)
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To: PUGACHEV

HAHA


21 posted on 12/15/2005 10:33:19 AM PST by plewis1250
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To: Gay State Conservative
This kid,sadly,lacks ambition.Does he not know of the existence of the $100 bill?

LOL!

22 posted on 12/15/2005 10:33:31 AM PST by 6SJ7
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To: kingattax

No doubt his report card reflects straight As also.

And he probably likes the photo on his driver's "license".


23 posted on 12/15/2005 10:34:14 AM PST by AbeKrieger (Islam is the virus that causes al-Qaeda.)
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To: Fixxxer
After several years of dealing with the cafeteria ladies, he probably knew that they weren't able to calculate correct change on a $100.

I'm surprised they were even able to spot a fake $20.

24 posted on 12/15/2005 10:34:20 AM PST by Freedom_no_exceptions (No actual, intended, or imminent victim = no crime. No exceptions.)
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To: Gordongekko909

"I'd just make sure that he understood that what he did was wrong (questionable; he's only 10)"

If the kid doesn't know it's wrong, he needs to be in special ed.


25 posted on 12/15/2005 10:34:47 AM PST by Flightdeck (Longhorns+January=Rose Bowl Repeat)
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To: Fixxxer
he probably knew that they weren't able to calculate correct change on a $100.

...only to be tripped up by the fact that they can't make change for a $20, either...

26 posted on 12/15/2005 10:35:19 AM PST by Shalom Israel (Well, I got better...)
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To: kingattax

At least he didn't exchange his fake money with the money in his dad's wallet or mom's purse (Ohhh, better not give the bugger any ideas).


27 posted on 12/15/2005 10:35:57 AM PST by M203M4
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To: eastforker
....so he can pass it in a bar.

I read this to say...so he could pass the bar.

It made sense.

28 posted on 12/15/2005 10:36:12 AM PST by colorcountry (That's what happens when you fall for a pistol. (No, no, I don't mean no gun.))
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To: kingattax

The ACLU will defend them, and the Democrats will voice outrage if they're punished.


29 posted on 12/15/2005 10:36:37 AM PST by American Quilter (Facts are stubbon things. --John Adams)
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To: eastforker
"He needs to wait till he's 21 so he can pass it in a bar."

Alright, dammit, I have had it with these lawyer jokes! My chosen profession may have its bottom-feeding scum, but most of us are very ethical, and...

Oh, pass it IN A bar. Never mind.

30 posted on 12/15/2005 10:37:08 AM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: P-40
The kid got greedy. He should have started with ones or fives.

Yeah, he could have been Mister 880 Jr.

(For those who don't know, Mister 880 was one of the Secret Services most famous cases, in which a counterfeiter forged just two one-dollar bills each week, and eluded them for ten years. 880 was the case number.)

31 posted on 12/15/2005 10:37:11 AM PST by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: P-40
The kid got greedy. He should have started with ones or fives.

I recall reading about a girl in KC who used a computer to counterfeit some $20 bills, and then went to an amusement park to spend them!

Mark

32 posted on 12/15/2005 10:37:49 AM PST by MarkL (I swear by my pretty floral bonnet that I will end you!)
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To: steel_resolve

LOL! Dang, I needed that.


33 posted on 12/15/2005 10:37:59 AM PST by andyk (Fear my strategery of misunderestimation.)
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To: kingattax
Future DNC fundraiser.
34 posted on 12/15/2005 10:38:07 AM PST by atomicpossum (Replies should be as pedantic as possible. I love that so much.)
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To: kingattax

Too bad he didn't pay off the bullies with the fakes, and bought his food with the real thing.


35 posted on 12/15/2005 10:39:27 AM PST by ko_kyi
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To: KC_for_Freedom
I'm sorry, how much skill has not been shown, but his willingness to get something for nothing has.

The kid's ten. He probably doesn't understand why counterfeiting is wrong, let alone that it's stealing. I agree that he needs to be taught a lesson, though.

36 posted on 12/15/2005 10:39:41 AM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: kingattax

FUTURE FED CHAIRMAN!


37 posted on 12/15/2005 10:39:42 AM PST by mr_hammer (They have eyes, but do not see . . .)
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To: madison10

He's a thief.

Cut both his hands off as a warning to his other smartass little thieving friends.


38 posted on 12/15/2005 10:40:10 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: kingattax

I wonder if the kid is related to someone we know


39 posted on 12/15/2005 10:40:26 AM PST by saveliberty (Stop the McCainity. Vote Conservative.)
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To: sourcery

beat me too it!


40 posted on 12/15/2005 10:40:45 AM PST by mr_hammer (They have eyes, but do not see . . .)
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To: madison10
Don't arrest him...find him a job as part of his sentence. Apparently the kid has skill.

I was thinking the same thing. If that kid could put those skills towards something positive and honest, he could really amount to something besides a future stay in prison.

41 posted on 12/15/2005 10:42:26 AM PST by appleharvey
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To: ko_kyi

That raises a question. Is it illegal to print fake money, but never try to spend it? If not, if you are robbed of it...


42 posted on 12/15/2005 10:42:44 AM PST by M203M4
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To: Flightdeck

He probably doesn't know what the word "counterfeiting" means, let alone why it's bad.


43 posted on 12/15/2005 10:43:04 AM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: Gordongekko909
Alright, dammit, I have had it with these lawyer jokes! My chosen profession may have its bottom-feeding scum, but most of us are very ethical, and...

You must be one of the 1% that the other 99% are giving a bad name!

44 posted on 12/15/2005 10:45:07 AM PST by Lekker 1 ("Computers in the future may have only 1000 vacuum tubes..." - Popular Mechanics, March 1949)
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To: Flightdeck

as a parent of 11 and 9 (and 8) y.o. boys... they're not all that bright on a shockingly frequent number of occasions. especially when colluding in a pact.

the schemes they come up with and the detail i have to go into to explain why they are wrong can be amazing.


45 posted on 12/15/2005 10:46:37 AM PST by kpp_kpp
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To: Lekker 1

There are, like, five other FReeper lawyers/law students.


46 posted on 12/15/2005 10:47:24 AM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: kingattax

I see a career in this kid's future.

47 posted on 12/15/2005 10:47:43 AM PST by OB1kNOb (I'm gonna boogie oogie woogie til I just can't boogie no more..............)
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To: madison10

He made an "A" on that economics project!


48 posted on 12/15/2005 10:47:45 AM PST by Sertorius (A hayseed with no Greek and dam^ proud of it)
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To: kingattax

Bernanke's New Apprentice. ;)


49 posted on 12/15/2005 10:48:15 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("When government does too much, nobody else does much of anything." -- Mark Steyn)
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To: madison10
Apparently the kid has skill.

What skill? He scanned an image of a $20 bill into a graphic editor on a computer. He printed it out on card stock and wrinkled it a bit. If that's skill, then I'm the King of Jamaica.

50 posted on 12/15/2005 10:48:15 AM PST by Prime Choice (We are RepubliCANs, not RepubliCAN'Ts.)
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