Thursday, November 15, 2012

Weird Crime: It's all about the Abrahams

North Attleboro, Rhode Island

Buying socks is never something that you really think about. But suddenly it's laundry day, you're feeling lazy, and you live just a short drive away from the store. Sometimes it's worth the extra cash to not have to do any work (and maybe pick up some Cheetos and Mountain Dew, too).

This was (most likely) the situation that 29-year old Dana Leland found himself in earlier this week. On three separate occasions, he made a trip to his local Target, put around $25 worth of socks and "other items" on the register, and plunked down a $100 bill to pay for all of it.

Now usually, paying for a small purchase like this with such a large denomination would seem a bit extravagant. But in Leland's case, there was a much bigger problem than his decision to carry large bills in his wallet.

His Benjamins had the face of the 16th President of the United States (and well known vampire hunter), Abraham Lincoln.


While one of the current trends in counterfeiting is making $5 bills to look like $100 bills, Leland had apparently forgotten a key part of the process that required him to change the face of the president on the money.

After being apprehended by police, Dana Leleland plead not guilty to charges of uttering a counterfeit note and possession of a counterfeit note.

I'm not sure what his defense will be, but he is currently being held on $1,000 bail while awaiting a December 11 court appearance. 

 "...and he better use my real likeness if he decides to post bail."

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