Billion-Dollar Bills Don't Buy Anything In Los Angeles, United States Customs agents busted a man for smuggling counterfeit bills. The bills were yellowed, wrinkled, had an issue date of 1934 and a likeness of Grover Cleveland on them. They looked authentic, except they that they were billion-dollar bills.
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Billion-Dollar Bills Don't Buy Anything

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good Morning, I'm Renee Montagne, with two tales of con artists who overreached. Here in L.A., U.S. Customs agents busted a man for smuggling counterfeit bills. Yellowed, wrinkled, and with an issue date of 1934 and a likeness of Grover Cleveland--looked authentic, except they were billion dollar bills. Try to cash that. And in Rome, one woman with gourmet taste doesn't bother to create fake bills. She just leaves fancy restaurants without paying. Police have now banned her from the city. This is MORNING EDITION.

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