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Counterfeit Money

Counterfeit money is money that is not issued by a government and cannot be used for legal tender. Using such money can be a crime. However, the government is generally most interested in finding the source of the counterfeit money, rather than prosecuting an innocent user. To prevent counterfeit, the government engages in very high-level printing processes. This allows counterfeit money to be spotted easily. In recent years the major denomination of money used in counterfeit has been the US $100 bill. For that reason, the government has printed these bills with high-level invisible data that can, however, be spotted with a magic marker.

Counterfeiting Money Is a Crime

Counterfeiting money is a federal felony, and those convicted of this crime are subjected to very serious legal repercussions. Penalties vary by case, but can include:

  • Multiple years in prison
  • Mandatory restitution payments
  • Heavy fines
  • Confiscation of property
  • A lifelong criminal record

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