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Home remodeling in Mich. uncovers 'funny money' in wall

Real $5 bill; What would Honest Abe think of the counterfeit fives found during a home remodeling project in Troy, Mich?
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(CBS/AP) TROY, Mich. - A home remodeling project in suburban Detroit has turned up sheets of counterfeit cash lining the inside of a wall, according to police.

The Detroit Free Press reports authorities received a call Monday from the homeowner in Troy, Mich. after she found the phony bills. Erika Pope, 20, has lived in the house for more than a decade with her parents and said the workers called out to her when they found the money.

"I hear them saying, 'Erica! You're rich!" she said Thursday. "I said, 'What do you mean?' And they're pulling all this money out of the wall."

Pope said inside the wall were six 8 ½-inch by 11-inch sheets of printed $5 bills, totaling about $60 worth of fake cash.

"My brother said, 'Leave it on the kitchen table; I want to see it,'" she said, adding that they called police immediately after her father reminded her it's illegal for anyone to be in possession of fake money.

Police say it is not clear how long the fake cash has been there. Pope and her family turned over the bills, and law enforcement officials forwarded the counterfeit money to the U.S. Secret Service.


  • Crimesider Staff

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