Police: 4th grader tried to pass counterfeit bills

December 14, 2005 (GARY, Ind.) – The cafeteria worker thought it was odd that a fourth grader would pay for his lunch with a 20-dollar bill.

And there was something odd about the bill too. The cashier at Marquette Elementary School in Gary noticed that the texture of the paper wasn’t right. The cashier alerted the school police officer, who talked to the ten-year-old boy. The boy then pulled more phony cash out of his pockets.

Police confiscated a total of 179-dollars in counterfeit money from three fourth graders — two boys and a girl. All three face charges of forgery and theft.

One of them eventually told police that he had printed the money on his home computer.
Secret Service agents are assisting in the investigation.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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