Monday, January 2, 2012

Can You Break a Million? Man Tries to Use Million Dollar Bill at Wal-Mart

A Lexington, North Carolina, man was arrested after trying to pass off a one million dollar bill at his local Wal-Mart.

Police say 53-year-old Michael Anthony Fuller was shopping at the store and had selected a number of items for purchase, including a vacuum cleaner, a microwave oven and other merchandise, that added up to a grand total of $476. The man proceeded to take a bill out of his wallet marked One Million Dollars and attempted to use the felonious bill to pay for his purchases.

Store staff promptly called the police (but I am surprised that some clueless Sprawl-Mart employee didn't try to get change for the bill!) Fuller was later charged with attempting to obtain property by false pretense and Uttering a Forged Instrument (click link for definition), both felonies, court records show.

The largest dollar bill currently in circulation in the US is the $100 bill. In 1969, Federal officials discontinued the use of $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills because of lack of public use.

For the record, the largest denomination of the American dollar ever printed was the $100,000 bill. The bills featured a portrait of President Woodrow Wilson and were only used between the years 1933-1935.

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