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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd. Police in Twin Falls, Idaho, confiscated almost $1 billion in counterfeit money in October in a doomed scheme in which the loot consisted only of bills of the denomination of $1 million (which does not legally exist); a man from Buhl, Idaho, had tried to give a bank that amount as collateral for a loan.
According to police in Lafayette, Ind., in September, Earl Devine’s counterfeit money was not much better: Though a popular name for $100 bills is “Benjamins” (for the face of Benjamin Franklin), Devine’s $100 bills still had the face of Abraham Lincoln from the $5 bill he allegedly used as a model.
Bryan Perley, who apparently held a grudge against a child-support caseworker, was charged in Orlando, Fla., with several felony counts when he tried to arrest her by impersonating a military officer and holding a fake, handwritten arrest warrant. When the woman’s colleagues would not cooperate with him, Perley actually called for police backup, according to a report by WFTV-TV. He told the dispatcher, “(The colleagues) don’t understand the chain of command in government. I’ve warned them.”
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