A 16-year-old was behind a counterfeit money ring in Cincinnati, Ohio that police say may have landed them $5,000 in a couple weeks. He and his cohorts, a 16-year-old and a 21-year-old, were allegedly cranking out the bills to finance a planned drug operation. From the Cincinnati Enquirer:
Officers stumbled onto the operation when they responded to a break-in at vacant house on Sundale Avenue on Feb. 8, (police chief Paul) Toth said. The adult and one teen were cutting counterfeit bills from sheets of paper.Link (Thanks, Charles Pescovitz!)
Toth said officers obtained a search warrant for the house next door - the residence of the 16-year-old alleged ringleader - and found the computer and paper being used to produce the fake money.
The boy's parents apparently were unaware of the counterfeiting, Toth said.
The computer was used to produce images of older bills, so they wouldn't have to deal with water marks on the newer bills, said Toth. They were then run in a washing machine or dishwasher to give them a used look.
"They were good enough you would not have felt the difference," Toth said.
David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor/managing partner. He's also a research director at Institute for the Future. On Instagram, he's @pesco.