Times are tough thanks to pandemic. People are trying their best to make ends meet while some jobs remained closed and funds are hard to find. The lengths some people are going to make it have teetered on the insane. Two women in Tennessee took it to the next level recently while shopping at their local Dollar General.
An employee of the discount store in Marysville, Tennessee reported on April 5th 2021 that the women tried to use a counterfeit fortune to purchase several gift cards at their location. The bill in question was for $1 million dollars.
Blount County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call around 10:00 a.m by Ceairra Ngige, a Dollar Store Employee. They chatted with Ngige outside and then approached one of the suspects, Amanda McCormick, 39. McCormick said she’d “received the one million dollar bill in the mail from a church, but could not provide the church information,” according to an incident report obtained by The Smoking Gun. McCormick claimed she was using the money to buy care packages for people experiencing homelessness. She was attempting to buy several gift cards to different organizations.
The Dollar General employee, however, easily identified $1 million as fake, according to UNILAD, because $1 million bills do not exist in U.S. currency.
The 61 year old second woman involved in the incident, Linda Johnson, told investigators that she had no idea McCormick had the fake bill and was only riding along while McCormick ran errands.
The women were arrested but later released without charges. They were asked to not return to the discount store, being banned for life.
While $1 million bills have never been printed by the U.S. Treasury, several companies have been known to print fake bills as promotional material for different events and products with no intention of them being used as legal tender.
The largest bill ever printed for public circulation in the U.S. was a $10,000 note, according to the Federal Reserve. The last $10,000 bill was printed in 1945 – along with other since-discontinued denominations of $500, $1,000 and $5,000 – and was issued until 1969. It said novelty bills do not violate US laws but are not redeemable.