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Woman With Printer Shows the Digital Ease of Bogus Cash

Posted on May 8th, 2014 at 16:32 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


Tarshema Brice hardly ranks among the world’s elite counterfeiters. But with the help of modern consumer technology, she developed an exacting system for crafting fake U.S. greenbacks.

First, the 34-year-old hairstylist and janitor took $5 bills with a specific watermark and soaked them with “Purple Power” degreaser. Next, she scrubbed off the ink with a toothbrush. After drying the now-blank notes with a hair dryer, she fed them through a Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Co. 3-in-1 inkjet printer that emblazoned them with scanned images of $50 or $100 bills.

The counterfeits looked and felt real and could pass any rudimentary test by a retail clerk.

  1. Well that one way to increase the money supply. Who can say it’s any worse than what the US government does.

  2. @chas: The difference between QE and counterfeiting? You get locked up for one of them.

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