View Full Version : Only could happen in Georgia

03-10-2004, 11:25 AM
Can you change this $1 million bill?
Ga. woman tries to use fake currency
to buy $1,600 worth of merchandise

Covington (Ga.) Police Dept. / AP
The front and back of a fake $1 million dollar bill is shown in this undated Covington Police Department handout photo.
The Associated Press
Updated: 1:45 p.m. ET March 10, 2004COVINGTON, Ga. - A Georgia woman who tried to use a fake $1 million bill to buy $1,675 worth of merchandise at Wal-Mart was arrested, and police later found two more of the bills in her purse.

The U.S. Treasury does not make $1 million bills, but similar-looking currency is sold in some souvenir shops. The fake bill featured a picture of the Statue of Liberty, police said.

“It looks real, but of course there’s nothing real about this,” said Stacey Cotton, police chief in Covington, about 30 miles southeast of Atlanta. “People do crazy things all the time.”

A store clerk immediately noticed the bill was fake when 35-year-old Alice Regina Pike handed it to her on Friday, Cotton said.

Pike then tried to use two gift cards worth only $2.32 to buy the merchandise, but when that did not work she again asked to cash the $1 million bill, Cotton said. The store then called police.

Pike was charged with forgery. Her phone number was unlisted, and she could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Jim Thompson
03-14-2004, 06:16 AM
Clerk prolly called for "change".