Money Mix-Up

Money Mix-Up

Jessica Elie, Humor Columnist

In Rhode Island, a woman named Tanya Flemming was arrested for making counterfeit money. The money was clearly fake, because Flemming had made a mistake on the 100 dollar bills: she accidentally put Thomas Edison on the bill instead of Benjamin Franklin. Flemming first tried to use the money on Friday at her local Target. The cashier she gave it to was interviewed after the incident, and she claims that she immediately knew it was a fake, but assumed it was an April Fools’ joke. It was only when Flemming insisted that the money was real that the cashier realized her customer was genuinely trying to pass off the money as a valid bill. Once this was clear, the cashier called her manager, who contacted the police. 

I could not find any images of the counterfeit money, so the image I’ve provided is simply my artistic rendition of how the bills may have looked.

UPDATE: Last month, I wrote that there was a woman in Rhode Island who accidentally printed counterfeit money with Thomas Edison on the $100 bill. This story was fiction. The bad photoshop was probably a dead giveaway, but I hope that I at least stumped a couple people. I had so much fun crafting that story and I hope everyone had fun reading it!