Sometimes, criminals aren't the sharpest crayons in the box.
Cops recently arrested a North Carolina man for trying to pass a $1-million dollar bill at a Lexington, NC Wal-Mart.
According to the Winston-Salem Journal, Michael Anthony Fuller, 53, walked into the Wal-Mart on Lowes Boulevard in Lexington on Nov. 17. He shopped for a while, picking up a vacuum cleaner, a microwave oven and other merchandise, totaling $476, as listed in an arrest warrant.
When he got to the register, Fuller gave the cashier the phony bill, saying that it was real.
Store staff called police.
Fuller was later charged with attempting to obtain property by false pretense and uttering a forged instrument, both felonies, court records show.
A warrant says of the fake million-dollar bill: "There is no such thing."
The U.S. Treasury's largest bill in circulation is a $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.
The largest note ever printed was the $100,000 bill, which featured President Woodrow Wilson. The bills, which were not available to the public, were printed from Dec. 18, 1934, through Jan. 9, 1935, and were used for transactions between Federal Reserve banks.
Fuller was being held in the Davidson County Jail with bond set at $17,500. He was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
Lexington police Sgt. Shannon Sharpe said the case is unusual.
"It is kind of strange," Sharpe said.
Would you realize that even a $500 bill was a fake? What can be said about trying to buy $500 worth of stuff with an obviously fake bill?