Sentencing Break for Passing $500M bill

Green paint on a brush over five and ten dollars bills


You’ve heard about the loopy idea to pay down the national debt with a trillion-dollar coin. How about a half-billion dollar bill?

Cleland Ayison, 32, got a sentencing break in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in December when federal judge William Dimitrouleas pitied him. Ayison got only house arrest and community service because his crime — trying to pass a novelty U.S. Federal Reserve note with a face value of $500 million — was so “silly.” [Jersey Journal, 12-18-2012] [South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 12-4-2012]





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